Prof Neena Mitta

Director of QAAFI Centre for Horticultural Science and the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformational Research HUB for Sustainable Crop Protection at The University of Queensland

Prof Neena Mitter is the Director of the Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance of Agriculture and Food Innovation, the University of Queensland and the Director of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Sustainable Crop protection.

Her career and passion for delivering real world outcomes has received recognitions such as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, 2021 Pravasi Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Australian Women in Technology Outstanding Life Sciences Award, and Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Award. She has >120 publications and has supervised >20 PhD students. 

She is globally renowned for her leadership of innovative platforms namely ‘Environmentally sustainable BioClay platform for crop protection’ and ‘Clonal propagation of avocado using plant stem cells’.  These are ground-breaking platform technologies influencing agricultural production, environmental sustainability, and socio-economic dynamics of farming community.  Prof Mitter is also championing a UQ wide initiative on ‘Protected Cropping for Tropics and Subtropics’.

With increased scrutiny on use of chemicals as crop and animal disease control agents, Prof Mitter is focussed is on developing clean technologies for the agriculture of tomorrow.  As Chairperson of UQ Cultural Inclusion Council and Deputy Council member of the Australian Human Rights Commission Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, Prof Mitter is at the forefront of diversity and inclusion initiatives.