Dr Jenna Ross OBE receives honour from Princess Anne

Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences Dr Jenna Ross has received her OBE from The Princess Royal at a ceremony in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Dr Ross was made an OBE in the Queen’s Platinum Birthday Honours list last June for her contribution to science and agriculture.

She currently leads international development for UK Government funded Agri-Tech centre, Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), fostering UK-international collaborations to develop game-changing agricultural innovations.

Her PhD in Environmental Science focused on developing biological control agents for molluscs (slugs and snails) and she is now a world-renowned malacologist and nematologist. Following her PhD studies, she conducted a post-doc at the School of Biological Sciences before emigrating overseas to Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Angola to further her research and to support MSc/PhD students.

Dr Ross said: “What a way to spend my birthday! I’ve had a lovely few days away with family collecting my OBE at The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from HRH The Princess Royal. This is definitely the biggest honour of my life, especially being one of the youngest ever female recipients for services to agriculture and science. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the amazing teachers, lecturers, mentors, champions, colleagues, friends and family who have supported me along my journey. I hope that in the work that I do, that I am that same champion for others, and can showcase the amazing career opportunities within agriculture and sciences.”

Dr Ross collected her OBE on Wednesday, 18 January. Read more about Dr Jenna Ross receiving her OBE here.