THREE senior researchers from an agricultural university have been included in lists that recognise the world's leading scientists. 

Dr David O'Connor, Professor David Main and Professor Olivier Sparagano from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) have all been recognised for being at the top of their profession. 

For a second year, Dr O'Connor, associate professor of sustainable land management at the Cirencester based university, has been named as a Highly Cited Researcher in Clarivate’s 2023 listings of the top 1% of the world’s most influential researchers.

The list recognises those who have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers over the last decade.

He said: “Being named a Clarivate 'Highly Cited Researcher' is a welcome acknowledgment of a huge collaborative effort in the field of sustainable soil management, with a special focus on reducing soil pollution.

“This demonstrates our commitment to research excellence in addressing global agricultural challenges, and aligns with the RAU’s vision to become the global university for sustainable farming and land management.”

South West Farmer: Dr David O'ConnorDr David O'Connor (Image: RAU)

Dr O'Connor is also recognised in the 2023 Stanford University list of the top 2% of influential scientists in the world, alongside professor Main (who has made the list for the second year running) and professor Sparagano (who is on the list for the third consecutive year). 

Professor Main, the RAU’s pro vice-chancellor academic planning and resources, said: “It is pleasing to see that our applied research is widely recognised and cited by other scientists globally. This demonstrates the importance of research informed teaching. 

“Our farmer-led research working with industry and government is helping our graduates to respond to the important global challenges such as animal welfare and food security.”

Professor Sparagano, the newly apointed dean of agricultural sciences and practice, joined the RAU earlier this month from City University in Hong Kong. 

South West Farmer: Professor Olivier SparaganoProfessor Olivier Sparagano (Image: RAU)

“It is very exciting and humbling to be on such a list again," he said.

"This should also highlight the need to develop international collaborations, and multiple co-authorships, helping all of us to be known and to promote our joint publications. This is a group effort and I am thankful to my collaborators all over the world.”

RAU vice-chancellor professor Peter McCaffery added: “To have three of our academics recognised in this way bears testament to the world class research undertaken here at the RAU and to our standing as the leading specialist university for research in England.

"I am delighted for my colleagues that they have been personally recognised in these extremely prestigious rankings.”