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Professor of Biosystems Engineering, with a focus on the sustainability of agriculture and food chains, using: (i) Life Cycle Assessment; (ii) Soil Quality (Sensing and Visual) methods; and (iii) Agricultural Systems Technologist
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  • 1998: MEgnSc (by research), University College Dublin
  • 1992: PhD, NUI University College Dublin
  • 1989: MSc Pedoloogy and Soll survey, University of Reading
  • 1988: BSc Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
  • June 2019: Erasmus funded exchange, PUC Santiago, Chile
  • May 2019: FTI-SME reviewer, H2020 programme
  • March 2018: Host and Scientific committee Chair, IoT4Food 2019, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018-2021: President, International Soil and Tillage Research Organisation
  • October 2016: Host, LCA Food 2016 International Conference, Dublin, Ireland

Professor Holden’s research is on the sustainability of agriculture and food chains, with a focus on: (i) Life Cycle Assessment; (ii) Soil Quality (Sensing and Visual) methods; and (iii) Agricultural Systems Technology. As a member of the Biosystems Engineering discipline since 1998, he teaches life cycle assessment, green technology projects, precision agriculture and research and teaching methods. Nick is head of subject for Agricultural Systems Technology and has recently led the introduction of a new BAgrSc degree in this area. He is also school Head of Teaching and Learning. He supervises graduate and post-doctoral research as part of the activity of his research group.

Nick is a Principal Investigator (PI) in the UCD Earth Institute and UCD Institute of Food and Health, where he is leader of the Food Chain Sustainability theme. He is an SFI-funded PI associated with two major projects, the Innovation Partnership CONSUS, where he leads a work package on nutrient use efficiency as part of the overall aim of developing intelligent support tools for agronomists, and the National Centre, BEACON, where he is Deputy Director and the Platform Leader for the Knowledge Hub. He is also a PI in 3 H2020 projects (AgroChemWhey, AgroCycle and Valumics), being a work package leader for two (AgroChemWhey and AgroCycle).