The Agroecosystem Sustainability Center aspires to be a global leader in harmonizing sustainable food production with thriving ecosystems. We strive to revolutionize agricultural systems through research, collaboration, and engagement, bridging science and practice for agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability.

Director Letter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am honored to welcome you as the founding director of the Agroecosystem Sustainability Center, an initiative born out of our audacious ambition to revolutionize the agricultural landscape and build a sustainable future.

The challenges we face, including climate change and increased food demands, are complex and demand radical, moonshot innovations that shift the paradigm of modern agriculture. In this context, we strive to be the crucible where transformative research, effective policy design, and practical implementation meet to redefine sustainability in agroecosystems.

Our center strives to become a global powerhouse of groundbreaking research, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and meaningful community engagement. Positioned at the critical intersection of academia, industry, policy, and on-the-ground practice, we’re creating a diverse and dynamic hub for driving change. We’re committed to transforming our research into practical and scalable solutions, fortifying our ecosystems, bolstering farm profitability, and empowering our agricultural systems to proactively mitigate and adapt to the realities of climate change.

Our dedication to shaping and supporting policy design is unequivocal. We believe that effective policies, informed by rigorous scientific insights, are fundamental to driving systemic change. Our research aims to empower policy-makers and stakeholders with evidence-based strategies that can navigate the intricacies of climate change, enhance farm profitability, and secure our food systems.

We’re chasing an horizon where scientific curiosity meets grand ambition, crafting a resilient future that meets the needs of humanity through protecting the health of our planet. And we invite you to join us.

With your support and shared vision, I am confident that the Agroecosystem Sustainability Center will become a catalyst for a new era in agriculture. One that thrives symbiotically with nature, benefits all stakeholders, and builds resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Thank you for joining us in this bold endeavor. We are ready for the challenge. Are you?

Warm regards,

Prof. Kaiyu Guan 
Founding Director, University Scholar Professor 
Agroecosystem Sustainability Center 
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign