Prof Tony Bacic is a plant biologist with a decades-long research career leading multidisciplinary team research projects and programs. He employs the key platform technologies of functional genomics and cell biology with an emphasis on glycobiology of carbohydrate matrices, including cell walls and extracellular matrices. Prof Bacic’s achievements include projects on cereal biology, food quality and crop productivity. He has extensive leadership experience in basic and strategic research, with involvement in several Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence and Corporative Research Centres, and as the Director of the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food and the Bio21 Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and on the board of several organisations, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, where he is chair of the finance and audit committee.