Mike Bushell is the Principal Scientific Advisor for Syngenta, a world leader in plant science. Mike has a chemistry background, with a Ph.D. from Liverpool and the University of California at Davis. Following postdoctoral studies at Cambridge, he joined ICI in 1980, based at Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre in Berkshire. He has held a variety of technical leadership and management roles over the last 30 years, including Head of R&T Projects, Head of Discovery, Head of External Partnerships and Head of Jealott’s Hill, one of the world’s leading R&D centres for innovation in agriculture. Mike has served on many external industry bodies, government and university advisory boards, including the Food Research Partnership, the BBSRC Strategy Panel for Sustainable Agriculture, the Biosciences KTN and the Green Economy Council. He is also the secretary to the Syngenta Technology Advisory Board.