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 date will be updated once WCGALP dates are announced, but will be approximately three months prior to the conference. 

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

2017

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

2016

Suzanne Desire, SRUC, UK

2013

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

Joseph Powell, Roslin Institute, UK

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2002

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

1999

Tim Roughsedge, University of Edinburgh, UK

1998

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

1997

Gerald Wiener, UK

1995

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

1994

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

1993

C B A Whitelaw, Roslin Institute, UK

1992

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