Alan Robertson Fund for Animal Genetics

Alan Robertson Fund for Animal Genetics

This award is aimed at those interested in animal genetics, helping them to attend the World Congress in Genetics Applied Livestock Production (WCGALP).

Applications should reflect areas of current or future interest that will advance research and education in the application of genetics to livestock production.

The conference is held every four years; therefore, awards will only be presented prior to each WCGALP conference (2022, 2026, 2030 and so on).

Successful applicants will be required to provide a poster/1 page abstract for the BSAS website following completion of activity.

What is the prize?

Up to £4000. The prize fund can be awarded to a single applicant or divided between a number of successful applicants dependent on the quality of submissions.

How do I apply?

This scholarship is open to both members and non-members of BSAS.

Application Deadline

Application deadline: 30th October 2021

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.

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Past Recipients


Harriet Bunning, SRUC, UK
Lauren Geddes, SRUC, UK
Oswald Matika, Roslin Institute, UK
Irene Breider, SRUC, UK


Suzanne Desire, SRUC, UK


Alexandra Brown, SRUC, UK
Serap Gonen, Roslin Institute
Zeenath Ul Islam, Roslin Insitute, UK
Arjan Tolkamp, SRUC, UK
Smaragda Tsairidou, Roslin Institute, UK


 Andrew Clempson, RVC, UK
Laura Corbin,Roslin Insitute, UK
John Crowley, University College Dublin/Teagasc, Ireland
Nóirin Mc Hugh, Teagasc, Ireland


Sopie Eaglen, SAC, UK
Bruno Emanuel Pereira Louro, Roslin Institute, UK
Marco Morelli,University of Glasgow, UK


Joseph Powell, Roslin Institute, UK


Olena Doran, University of Bristol, UK
Claudia Paol Cardenas, Roslin Institute, UK
Catherine Hayhurst, University of Liverpool, UK


Sinead McParland, Teagasc, UK
Eleni Karamichou, Roslin Institute, UK
Charlotte G S Kearsley, Roslin Institute, UK
Andreas Kranis, Roslin Institute, UK
Alex Lam, Roslin Institute, UK
Suzanne Rowe, Roslin Institute, UK
Jennifer Macfarlane, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Elly Navajas, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Jennifer Macfarland, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Elly Navajas, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


David Telford, Newcastle University, UK
Eileen Wall, University of Edinburgh, UK
Annemarie van Heelsum, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Nicola Lambe, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Francis Kearney, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Huw Jones, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Santiago Avendano, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Tim Roughsedge, University of Edinburgh, UK


Jennifer Pryce, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Sarah Boltt, Roslin Institute, UK
Aduli Enoch, University of Adelaide, Australia


Gerald Wiener, UK


Peter Visscher, Roslin Institute, UK
Jessica S Brickell, Royal Veterinary College, UK
Samantha Llewellyn, Royal Veterinary College, UK


Steve Bishop, Roslin Institute, UK
Joanne Connington, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Ron Lewis, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Roel Veerkamp, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Janet Roden, University of Aberdeen, UK


C B A Whitelaw, Roslin Institute, UK


Sara Knott, University of Edinburgh, UK
S P Harrison, Royal Agricultural College, UK