SWITZERLAND, Bern. Dr. Joël Bérard will be taking the reins of the ‘Animal Production Systems and Animal Health’ Strategic Research Division at Agroscope. In this capacity he will become a member of the Executive Board.
Currently Head of Research at AgroVet-Strickhof, Bérard will be joining Agroscope on 1 April 2020. Graduated in Food Engineering at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Parma, he then earned a doctorate at ETH Zurich with a thesis on pig production conducted as part of a joint project between the former Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux ALP Research Station and ETH. Other stations followed at the Institute for Muscle Biology and Growth of the Leibniz Institute for Livestock Biology in Dummerstorf, Germany, and at the Institut Agricole Régional Aosta in Italy.
In March 2013 he returned to Switzerland at ETH Zurich, since January 2017, Joël Bérard has been Head of Research at AgroVet-Strickhof, a collaboration for education and research between Strickhof, the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. He is responsible for co-ordinating research activities and in charge of laboratory-animal husbandry.
Bérard will be taking over as Head of the ‘Animal Production Systems and Animal Health’ Strategic Research Division at Agroscope, in which capacity he will become a member of the Executive Board. He will succeed Hans Dieter Hess, who has left Agroscope for a new career challenge at cantonal level. The research division will be headed ad interim by Andreas Lüscher until Bérard takes the helm in April 2020.