Alan Robertson Fund for Animal Genetics

This award is aimed at those interested in animal genetics, helping them to attend meetings and undertake study tours or projects. It can also be used to bring animal geneticists to UK meetings.

Applications should reflect areas of current or future interest that will advance research and education in the application of genetics to livestock production.  Funding is available for  to attend the WCGALP which is held every 4th year.

Who was Alan Robertson?

Alan Robertson was a population geneticist and was a major influence in the widespread adoption of artificial insemination of cattle and on estimating genetic effects that influence quantitative traits.

He spent most of his working life based at the National Animal Breeding and Genetics Research Organisation in Edinburgh as a member of the Unit of Animal Genetics where he worked on improving dairy cattle using mathematical and statistical methods to devise the most effective breeding programmes.  

Alan made original contributions to the theory of genetic change in small populations and introduced a theory of limits to artificial selection, a combination of mathematical insight and quantitative genetic principles in a practical context. 

  • Date for submissions:  - Date to be notified but will normally be approximately three months before the WCGALP 

WCGALP is  held every four years, 2018, 2022, 2026.   This scholarship is open to both members and non-members of BSAS.

Download application form     -  Report to be completed by successful applicants 


Alan Robertson 1992-2017