Miss Cecile Godde

Phd Student

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Cécile Godde is an environmental and agricultural scientist working at CSIRO in the Global Food and Nutrition Security team (https://research.csiro.au/foodglobalsecurity/). She is currently undertaking a PhD on sustainable pasture intensification.

She is passionate about the challenges in relation to rural communities and research for development in international sustainable agriculture, at the farm level as well as in a national and global context.

Prior to starting her PhD, Cécile acquired other international experiences working on conservation and sustainable agricultural development projects for CSIRO, the non-governmental organisation Greening Australia (Australia), the International Livestock Research Institute (Costa-Rica), the multinational MARS Inc. (Brazil) and the French governmental agency for organic agriculture-Agence BIO (France).

Other Interests

Her main fields of scientific interest include: drivers and socio-economic and environmental trade-offs of agricultural intensification; livestock; grazing systems; land-use dynamics; deforestation and land degradation; climate change and climate variability.

Cecile is also one of 80 female scientists who have been selected worldwide to participate in the world-class leadership, strategic and science initiative and outreach for women: the Homeward Bound Program (homewardboundprojects.com.au).

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018

    Queensland Women in STEM Prize
    Australian Government

  • 2017

    Future Farming Prize – New science that will benefit Animal Health

Current Roles

  • PhD Student
    Grazing Systems Intensification: Opportunities and Trade-offs

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    Master's degree - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    AgroParisTech - France

Professional Experiences

  • 2017

    Homeward Bound Participant
    Year-long Leadership, Strategic, Visibility, Communication and Science program for women in STEM

  • 2017

    Young Scientists Summer Program Participant
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria

  • 2016-2019

    PhD student
    The University of Queensland-QAAFI and CSIRO-Agriculture and Food, Brisbane, Australia

  • 2015

    International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CATIE research centre, Costa Rica

  • 2015

    Research Assistant
    CSIRO - Agriculture Flagship, Brisbane, Australia