In 1995, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research award in Germany, and in 2010, a Fulbright Senior
Scholarship to the USA. In recognition of his extensive work in China, he was awarded the Friendship
Award of China in 2009. He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for
Excellence in Biological Sciences in 2013, and
both the Clarke Medal and
Poggendorf Medal by the Royal Society of NSW in 2015. He is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of New South Wales and the Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences and Engineering.
Robert holds the Judith and
David Coffey Chair of
Sustainable Agriculture at the University of
Sydney. He is Director of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, the world’s largest research group targeting genetic solutions to
rust diseases of plants. He has worked extensively in international agriculture and has published two books and more than 160 scholarly research papers.