Dr Elizabeth Magowan

Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Dr Elizabeth Magowan completed a PhD in dairy nutrition from Queen’s University, Belfast (and ARINI) in 2004 and joined AFBI as a pig research scientist in 2003.
Elizabeth developed the AFBI pig research programme until April 2017 after which she took up the post as Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division in AFBI. Elizabeth’s research focused on optimising pig production performance through management and nutritional strategies whilst reducing environmental impact. Elizabeth worked extensively on industry/academic collaborative studies and presented her work across the UK and at international conferences as well as publications in journals.
Elizabeth was awarded the Sir John Hammond Award in 2017, from the British Society of Animal Science, in recognition of her scientific work in collaboration with industry.
In addition to managing a busy research programme, key achievements during Elizabeth’s time as the Monogastric project leader within AFBI included performing the role of deputy co-ordinator of a large EU FP7 project ECO-FCE, completing a term of office on the council of the British Society of Animal Science, leading AFBI to secure preferred supplier status for R&D to a large retailer and leading AFBI’s membership of the UK Centre of Excellence for Livestock (CIEL) as well as undertaking the role of interim Director of CIEL in its formative months. As a director in AFBI, with a key focus on research, Elizabeth now oversees AFBI’s work across the areas of livestock production, fisheries and aquatic sciences, environmental science, grassland and plant science, food research and economics research. Elizabeth is also heavily involved in key initiatives in AFBI with regard to strategic alliances, strategy and infrastructure development.