Strengthening Our Science-based Approach: Announcing Our Scienctific Advisory Committee

November 12th, 2022

Row of hen standing on a straw bale

We’re excited to announce the formation of our Scientific Advisory Committee, made up of diverse and leading experts in poultry and layer hen welfare from across Asia, Europe, and Australia.

The role of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is to advise and provide recommendations and feedback on scientific and technical matters relevant to our work with the egg industry in Asia. In this role, the SAC allows us to continue providing the highest quality, science-based expertise and solutions to our partners and clients across the region.

The SAC will contribute to our work in the following areas:

  • Providing feedback on our technical documents and publications
  • Helping inform our organisation’s work and research agenda by advising on novel or priority projects
  • Contributing to an improved understanding of the social, political and economic factors influencing animal welfare decision-making and progress in the region
  • Global collaboration and information sharing to support the cage-free transition and improve animal welfare in the region   

We’re grateful to all of our SAC members, each of whom brings vast and diverse experience and expertise - from Asia and globally - to the Committee. They include:

Dr. Mona Giersberg: Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Netherlands (University Profile)

Kate Still: Head of Farming Programs, Soil Association, United Kingdom (LinkedIn)

Dr. Kate Blaszak: Director Protein Transition , Asia Research & Engagement, Singapore (LinkedIn)

Dr. Jasper Heerkens: Research and Extension, Sustainable Poultry Production, Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (LinkedIn)

Dr. Lauren Hemsworth: Senior Research Fellow, Animal Welfare Science Centre, The University of Melbourne, Australia (LinkedIn)

Dr. Maria de Luna: Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines (University Profile)

Dr. Shuichi Ito: Department of Animal Science/School of Agriculture, Tokai University, Japan (Researchmap)

Dr. Xiaohui Du: Professor, College of Animal Science and Technology, Sichuan Agriculture University (University Profile)

Dr. Kate Hartcher: Sr. Animal Scientist, Global Food Partners, Australia (LinkedIn)

A scienced-based approach is crucial for a successful transition to cage-free production systems and to demonstrate that these systems are viable in Asia. Forming this committee strengthens our position and capacity to effectively work with various stakeholders to drive the cage-free transition in the region, including producers, food businesses, government agencies and academic institutions.

We look forward to keeping you all updated on our Scientific Advisory Committee activities in the coming months.