Chun Liu was funded as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow for her PhD study in the CREAM project. CREAM is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework (FP7-ITN).
During her study, Chun used state-of-the-art agent-based modelling techniques from academia and used them to address real-world problems in industry. She worked in the area of pesticide risk assessment where she used population models to improve the understanding of the potential risk of pesticides to small mammals. CREAM gave Chun a unique opportunity to interact with several sectors of society, thus she was full-time based in Syngenta Ltd in the UK, supervised by Dr. Pernille Thorbek, and received academic supervision by Prof. Richard Sibly from the University of Reading (UK). Moreover, she had the opportunity to visit and cooperate with the groups of leading academics such as Prof. Volker Grimm in Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Germany) and Prof. Valery Forbes in the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (US). She was invited to give talks in industry and to the governmental regulatory authorities, e.g. Bayer CropScience (Germany), Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta and Chemicals Regulation Directorate (UK). Chun also presented her work at several international conferences and workshops (e.g. SETAC) and her work has also been used as case study/example in several workshops and courses on modelling and risk assessment.
Interacting with academia, industry and the authorities taught Chun to see the same problem from many angles and to combine scientific innovation and practical application. She also hugely benefited from interacting with the CREAM network of more than 60 researchers with very diverse and international backgrounds.
Chun earned a PhD degree from the University of Reading in 2013 and is currently a postdoc researcher in Syngenta working on herbicide resistance modelling. Chun holds an MSc degree in Ecology and Conservation from Uppsala University (Sweden) and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Fudan University (China).
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