Lingling Li is a professor at Gansu Agricultural University, and an internationally known crop scientist with the Gansu Provincial Key Laboratory of Aridland Crop Science. Her focus is on technical and theoretical research of conservation agriculture and rainfed farming systems for the Loess Plateau of China, and she has completed 18 research projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) among other funders. She has published more than 160 papers in peer reviewed journals. She has been invited to serve as as scientific committee member for the 4th and 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design and the 7th and 8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, and gave a key note address at the 4th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design. She has received the Advancement of Science and Technology award from Gansu Province five times. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Young Teachers in Universities award by the Fox Ying Tung Education Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China and the Gansu Province Youth Award.