CBE for Prof. Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)

Professor Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is to be awarded a CBE for services to plant conservation in the New Year Honours List.

Success for the journal!

Our new scientific journal, Plant Ecology & Diversity, has been selected for inclusion in the Journal Citation Reports and the Science Citation Index already.

This is a very fast acceptance and might lead to the award of an impact factor by 2011.

New Year Honours!

Congratulations to Professor Mary Gibby, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who receives an OBE for ‘Services to Botany’.

Changes in Local Secretaries

The Local Secretaries in Dundee and Inverness, Professor John Raven and Mrs. Margaret Barron, respectively, have indicated their wish to retire after many years in their posts.

Thanks to them both for all their work on behalf of the BSS. We are currently seeking replacements.

Liz Pilling

BSS members will be sad to learn that Liz Pilling, recently of the RBGE & BSS, died on 10th November, 2009.

Co-options to Council

At the meeting of the BSS Council on 24th September, 2009, the following co-options were made:

  • Vice-President: Dr. Barbara Sumner
  • Councillors: Dr. Jill Thompson and Mr. Derek Christie.

Newsletter for the BHL

The Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe (BHL-Europe) is a project involving 26 major European natural history museum libraries and botanical garden libraries and two libraries from the United States. The project started in May, 2009, and will last for three years.

Dr. Joe Lennard

BSS members will be sad to learn that Dr. Joe Lennard, a former Editor of the Botanical Journal of Scotland, passed away on 19th May, 2009.

An obituary can be found in the members area

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