BSAS senior Vice President takes the lead at SRUC

BSAS senior Vice President and livestock geneticist Professor Eileen Wall has been appointed as new Head of Research at Scotland’s Rural College.

Professor Wall’s new role will involve overseeing research quality and excellence across SRUC. Contributing to her success in landing this redefined role is her leadership in some major SRUC research activities, including the RESAS (The Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division) science portfolio, the development of the SRUC REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission and management of various research funding portfolios.

Graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 with a PhD in Genetics, Eileen began her 17-year journey at SRUC gradually working her way from postdoctoral scientist to Researcher, Senior Researcher, Reader in Integrative Animal Sciences, then Professor of Integrative Livestock Genetics in 2015 and team leader of Integrative Animal Sciences. She was also appointed to the Young Academy of Scotland, July 2014.

With experience in animal breeding, genetics, modelling and biostatistics, her research interests include climate change and livestock systems, genetics of fitness traits, development of sustainable and environmental breeding goals and improvements to national genetic evaluations and understanding trade-offs/interactions in livestock systems.

Within BSAS, Professor Wall is involved in several committees including BSAS Council, the Accreditation Panel for the Register of Animal Scientists & Animal Technologists, the Technical and Ethical Committee, the Animal Journal Board and the Strategy and Innovation Group

In 2014, she was presented the Society’s most prestigious award - The Sir John Hammond Award. Presented to scientists in the early to mid-part of their career who have made a significant contribution to animal science and production, Eileen received the award for making an outstanding contribution to the livestock industry’s knowledge of genetics, particularly in the dairy sector with her work on developing the UK fertility index and helping to improve producer profitability, productivity and sustainability.

Throughout her involvement with BSAS, she has always had a vested interest in encouraging and developing the Society’s students and early career scientist by supporting the development of new scholarships to fund conference attendance and study tours, aimed at broadening the learning experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate study.

As incoming President of the Society, Eileen will take over from Professor Helen Miller during this year’s AGM in Edinburgh.