Cécile Godde is a Food Systems Research Scientist at CSIRO-Global Food and Nutrition Security.

She is passionate about the challenges in relation to rural communities and research for development in international sustainable agriculture, at the farm level as well as in a national and global context.

Prior to starting her research scientist position at CSIRO, Cécile acquired other international experiences undertaking a PhD with CSIRO and the University of Queensland and working on conservation and sustainable agricultural development projects for CSIRO, the non-governmental organisation Greening Australia (Australia), the International Livestock Research Institute (Costa-Rica), the multinational MARS Inc. (Brazil) and the French governmental agency for organic agriculture-Agence BIO (France).

Field of Interests

Her main fields of scientific interest include: drivers and socio-economic and environmental trade-offs of agricultural intensification; livestock; grazing systems; land-use dynamics; deforestation and land degradation; climate change and climate variability.

Cecile is also one of 80 female scientists who have been selected worldwide to participate in the world-class leadership, strategic and science initiative and outreach for women: the Homeward Bound Program, which culminates with a month in Antarctica.

Awards and Achievement

  • 2019 – Best oral presentation, Australian Rangeland Conference Award
  • 2019 – Global Land Use Program Open Science Meeting (GLP-OSM) poster Award
  • 2018 – CSIRO Next Generation Directors Award
  • 2018 – The University of Queensland Research Student of the Year
  • 2018 – The University of Queensland – QAAFI Excellence Award
  • 2018 – Queensland Women in STEM Prize, Australian Government
  • 2018 – The University of Queensland – QAAFI winner – 3MT research pitching competition
  • 2017 – Future Farming Prize – New science that will benefit Animal Health, Virbac
  • 2017 – FameLab Queensland Semi-Finalist – Research pitching competition, British Council
  • 2016 – Best oral presentation, The Australian Society of Animal Production Student Forum


As a PhD student, raised over AU$40,000 in research and professional development grants as well as was awarded the prestigious IIASA-YSSP, CSIRO-living stipend and Homeward Bound scholarships. In 2014, was awarded the French government grant for Excellency (AU$10,660) as well as a L’Oréal mentorship grant (AU$8,000).

Current Role

  • Research Scientist at CSIRO
  • Member of the Australian Academy of Science Early- and Mid- Career Researcher Forum

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014 – Master’s degree – Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, AgroParisTech – France

Professional Experiences

  • 2019 – Melbourne University guest lecturer “Climate change and livestock: Impacts, adaptation, and mitigation”, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • 2018 – Melbourne University guest lecturer “Leadership in Science”, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • 2018 – Melbourne University guest lecturer “Livestock and Climate Change”, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • 2017 – Homeward Bound Participant, Year-long Leadership, Strategic, Visibility, Communication and Science program for women in STEM
  • 2017 – Young Scientists Summer Program Participant, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria
  • 2016 – 2019 – PhD student, The University of Queensland-QAAFI and CSIRO-Agriculture and Food, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2015 – Consultant, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CATIE research centre, Costa Rica
  • 2015 – Research Assistant, CSIRO – Agriculture Flagship, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2014 – Intern, CSIRO – Agriculture Flagship, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2013 – Intern, Greening Australia Capital Region, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 – Intern, MARS Inc. Centre for Cocoa Science, Barro Preto, Brazil
  • 2012 – Intern, Agence BIO, Government Department of Agriculture, Food processing and Forestry, Paris

Academic conferences

Since 2015, speaker at the Australian Society of Animal Production (Sydney), Advancing Ecological Modelling for the Prediction of EID Risk Cutting Edge Symposium (Canberra), the Global Food Security Conference (South Africa and USA), the International Rangeland Congress (Canada), the GEOGLAM Rangelands and Pasture Productivity conference (South-Africa).


  • 2019, Guest lecturer, “From Grasslands to Antarctica”, Leadership coursework, The University of Melbourne – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • 2018, Guest lecturer, “Livestock and Climate Change”, Animal in Society coursework, The University of Melbourne – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • Talks and workshops at schools (Year 4 to Year 11)

Students Supervision

  • Theo Lenormand, Masters, AgroParisTech, France
  • Kara Robinson, Bachelor, Monash University, Australia


  • Mental Health First Aider
  • Label HandiManager: Training in social responsibility of firms in regards to disabled individuals


Media outreach and community engagement

Photo credits: ILRI/Steve Mann