Featured Scientist: Anne Alix
Meet our newest Featured Scientist, Anne Alix. She is our European Risk Management Leader for Regulatory & Government Affairs Europe, Latin America and Pacific at Dow AgroSciences. She recently was recognized for outstanding contributions to support the agricultural science industry and was selected as the Vice President of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
What made you want to pursue a career in science?
As far as I remember during school and the attractiveness of discovery. I liked that I could link new knowledge to service, or something useful for the world. So this gave me a broad appreciation of science, including research, engineering, development, etc.
What is your favorite part of your job as a scientist?
Of all the aspects I enjoy, I must admit that educating and collaborating with others to share understandings on an issue is certainly the most enjoyable part of my job. Alone we cannot achieve much, we need a team to reach an objective and ensuring everyone shares knowledge and is on the same page remains the best way for optimized progress.
What are your future goals? And, what are you most proud of so far?
So far, I’m most proud of my work to help spread general knowledge on risk management in agriculture through the risk management chain: from decision makers such as regulatory agencies to farmers. Also, I’m proud that Dow AgroSciences continues to be part of the journey and more closely aligns our solutions to those needed most by farmers in the field.
What is the biggest obstacle facing the agricultural science industry?
The reason I come to work every day is to support farmers in regards to addressing safety and help them overcome food production challenges. However, as an industry, we’re distracted by a lot of external pressures—mainly around the segmentation of the agricultural science within and outside our industry. To meet the global food insecurity challenges, we’ll need to keep innovating, and that means continuing to focus on the needs of our end users, the farmers.
What else do you want us to know about you?
A key learning from my years as a scientist at Dow AgroSciences, and other organizations, is that you get recognition for what you are, as a person and a scientist, and not for who you’re working for or what you’re working on. Therefore, it’s important to be the person and scientist that makes you proud of yourself, inside your company and out in the community. This is the key around which you can build a solid career.