Plant Breeding Institute, The University of Sydney, Australia
Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future: adventures in plant disease resistance genetics
Professor Park completed a PhD in plant pathology at La Trobe University in 1984. Since then he has researched the pathology and genetics of cereal rust diseases. He holds the Judith & David Coffey Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney and is Director of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program. This program had huge impact on agricultural production globally; in Australia alone, it conservatively returns some $600 million to the economy each year.
In 1995, Professor Park was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research award, and in 2010 a Fulbright Scholarship. His work has been recognized by awards such as the Friendship Award of China (2009), the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (2013), the Clarke Medal (2015), the Poggendorf Medal (2018). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2015), and of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2019)
He has worked extensively in international agriculture and has published two books, written 11 book chapters and more than 160 research papers.