Dr John Radcliffe

Honorary Research Fellow,

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Dr John Radcliffe is an Honorary Research Fellow in CSIRO.

He also holds positions in a number of organisations:

  • SA Division Committee of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Chair, Crawford Fund SA State Committee
  • Member, The Sir Ian McLennan Trust Fund
  • Member, AW Howard Memorial Trust Inc.
  • Member, Farrer Memorial Trust.

In a long and distinguished career, he was previously Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO responsible for Divisions in the Natural Resources Alliance, at that time Plant Industry, Land and Water, Marine Research, Wildlife & Ecology, Entomology, Atmospheric Research, Forestry and Forest Products. Prior to that, he was South Australian Director-General of Agriculture.

Dr Radcliffe has had many appointments on boards, professional associations and government committees including Chair, Research Advisory Committee, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Brisbane (2011-2016), Chair, Eminent Scientists' Group, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water (2004-2016), He was Council member, University of Adelaide (2006-2014), Deputy Chair of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (2009-2014); Chair of the Water Forum of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2009-2013); a Commissioner of the National Water Commission from 2005 to 2008. He was also Chairman of the South Australian (SA) Centre for Natural Resources Management, a joint venture established by the SA Minister for Environment and Conservation, between the SA universities, SA Department of Water, Land and Biological Conservation, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, and CSIRO from 2003 to 2007.

From 2000-2006, Dr Radcliffe was a member of the SA Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board.

He was Chair of the Board of the South Australian Research and Development Institute from 1993 to 1998.

From 1985 to 1992, Dr Radcliffe was involved with establishing the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, being an SA Deputy Commissioner 1985-90, and SA Commissioner from 1991-93.

Dr Radcliffe served as Project Director for the Australian Research Council (ARC) sponsored Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering studies 'Pesticide Use in Australia' in 2001-2.

In 2003-04 he was the Director and author of 'Water Recycling in Australia', the latter being awarded a commendation by the Australian Water Association in October 2004.

Professional experience
* Deputy Chief Executive, CSIRO, 1996-1999
* Director, CSIRO Institute of Plant Production and Processing, 1993-1996
* CEO, South Australian Research and Development Institute, 1992-1993
* Director-General of Agriculture, South Australia, 1985-1992
* Various senior management appointments, SA Department of Agriculture, 1978-1985
* Dairy Scientist and then Northfield Research Centre Manager, SA Department of Agriculture, 1961, 1965-78.

Dr Radcliffe has been awarded a:
* Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), from the University of Adelaide
* Doctor of Philosophy, from the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
* DPM, The University of New South Wales, (UNSW)
* Graduate Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Radcliffe is a Fellow of the:
* Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering
* Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology
* Australian Society of Animal Production.Achievements

Dr Radcliffe has received the following honours and awards
* Medal of Australian Agriculture (Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology 2009)
* Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 - for his service to Australian society in environmental science and technology
* Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2001- for his contribution to natural resource management
* Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 1987 - for his personal contribution to the development of museums in South Australia.

Fields of Research

Academic Qualifications

  • 1959

    B.Ag. Sc.
    University of Adelaide

  • 1960

    B. Ag. Sc. (Hons)
    University of Adelaide

  • 1964

    Ph. D.
    Oregon State University

  • 2006

    Graduate Diploma
    Australian Institute of Company Directors

Professional Experiences

  • 1999-Current

    Honorary Research Fellow,

  • 2005-2008

    National Water Commission

  • 1997-1999

    Chair, Executive Council
    CAB International (UK)

  • 1996-1999

    Deputy Chief Executive

  • 1993-1996

    Institute Director

  • 1993-1997

    Board Chair
    SA Research & Development Institute

  • 1985-1992

    SA Dept. of Agriculture

  • 1988-1993

    Commissioner / Deputy Comm
    Murray Darling Basin Commission

  • 1973-1988

    SA Dept. of Agriculture

  • 1972-1978

    Officer in Charge
    Northfield Research Centre (SA)

  • 1965-1972

    Dairy Scientist
    SA Dept. of Agriculture

Achievements and Awards

  • 1987

    Medal of Order of Australia

  • 2001

    Member, Order of Australia

  • 2003

    Centenary of Federation Medal

  • 2009

    Medal of Australian Agriculture
    Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology

Other highlights

  • 2017

    Invited Speaker, 13th International Conference on Sustainable Water Environment, Seoul

  • 2016

    Invited Keynote, Low Impact Development 2016 Conference, Beijing

  • 2015

    Invited Speaker, First Asian Symposium on Water Reuse, Beijing

  • 2011-2016

    Chair, Research Committee, Aust. Water Recycling Centre of Excellence

  • 2004-2016

    Chair, Eminent Scientists Group, Commonwealth Dept. Agriculture

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2006-2014

    Member, Council, University of Adelaide

  • 1977-present

    Judge, Grains & Fodder, Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA