Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment - Members

Body: Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £173 per day spent on ACRE business, and reasonable travel expenses.
Time Requirements: Up to 5 days per year for meetings; some business will be conducted between meetings.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/11/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    January 2020


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) is a non-departmental public body composed of leading scientists. It is sponsored by Defra. ACRE provides statutory advice to the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland on the potential risks to human health and the environment from the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for research and marketing purposes. ACRE also has a role in evaluating new research findings and any science-based GM matter, as well as providing advice on releasing non-native animals and plants into the environment as bio-control agents.

Person Specification

– the ability to assimilate complex information, and participate fully in Committee deliberations, including offering contributions, and challenges, outside of your expertise;

– possess strong analytical skills, and the capacity to examine issues, and evidence relevant to GMO safety considerations, in an impartial way, with an ability to apply this when ACRE is assessing applications to use GMOs;

– effective interpersonal, and communication skills,

demonstrating an ability to work collaboratively, and identify key issues, and communicate conclusions to a non-specialist audience, if necessary;

– skills in risk assessment, or an ability to develop those skills, in order to help ACRE advise on the potential environmental risks (including risks to human health) associated with the use of GMO products in clinical trials, and commercial use;

– expertise in either veterinary medicine; entomology, or plant ecology.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

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