FSC’s Chairman elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Des Thompson, Chairman of Field Studies Council (FSC), has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Des, who is Principal Adviser on Biodiversity in Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), author and internationally-known expert on upland ecology, has a long standing relationship with FSC and became chairman of Trustees in 2014.
President of FSC, Professor Tim Burt said ‘We congratulate Des on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a very significant honour indeed. It is a fitting recognition of the significant contribution that Des has made to upland conservation issues and the esteem in which he is held in Scotland, the UK and throughout the world.’
Fellows are elected in recognition of achievements within their discipline or profession after a rigorous four-stage selection process, culminating in a ballot of the entire fellowship. Des commented: “I am delighted and honoured. Some of my very best times at work have been spent in the field – learning, enjoying and being thrilled by wildlife. I urge everyone curious about nature to make the most of its life-giving tonic. I will do what I can within the RSE to raise the profile of outdoor learning.”
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Thursday, March 5, 2015