It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday (8 March) and BSAS is proud to recognise the many women who are doing incredible work in the world of animal science and livestock production.
This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, so to mark the day we asked some of BSAS’s female members to nominate the women who inspired them to make a difference in the world of animal science.
"My person is Professor Sally Soloman, who died in 2015. Her fundamental research into egg shell formation was world-leading (and still is through her colleague Maureen Bain) but what made Sally special was her human touch: everything she learned was fed through to industry in a usable format, and the most insignificant youngster was worthy of her attention and support. I was one of the many youngsters made to feel special by Sally."
Emily Burton, reader in poultry science, Nottingham Trent University
"I'd like to nominate Dr. Kirsty Hammond who worked with us at Reading and with BSAS for several years before recently moving back to New Zealand. When I first started working at the University ofReading as a technician, Kirsty's passion for her research into ruminant methane emissions and her determination to continually improve techniques inspired me to begin my own PhD and ultimately pursue a career in animal science."
Anna Thomson, postgraduate researcher, Centre For Dairy Research, University of Reading
"Temple Grandin, Dorothy Brooke, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey - their passion, tenacity and compassion and for animals and their strive to understand them, protect them and ensure their lives give greater meaning to us - I find truly inspirational. They inspired me to want to make a difference, no matter how small, whether in my personal or professional life, to the life of any animal."
Leigh Murray, MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
"My suggestion is Caroline Mitchell, director of meat science for JSR genetics. Caroline gave an invited talk at KTN where I was giving a talk at the Early Career Researchers for Agriculture (Plant & Animal) in March 2016. Caroline’s talk was inspiring and made me think anything is possible as long as you are driven and strong willed, and made me feel inspired to be a female scientist. That day I won best the animal presenter award, with Caroline on the judging panel and I felt very proud. My prize was a day with Caroline at JSR, which I will attend post-thesis submission. Caroline works with pigs and I work with dairy cows, but her career and passion were infectious."
Laura Tennant, PhD researcher looking at dairy nutrition and rumen function, University of Nottingham