Professor Ian Boyd FRSB FRSE

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Guest Speaker


Professor Boyd is the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and Environment. In the past he has been Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, a partner institute of the Natural Environment Research Council since 2001. He is a marine and polar scientist and is a Professor at the University of St Andrews where he works as an adviser to the Principal’s Office. He is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Zoology. He was responsible for creating several companies that are owned by the University of St Andrews and also the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS). He was Chief Scientists for a US Navy study examining the environment impacts of anti-submarine sonar and has made a major contribution to the understanding of environmental sensitivity to marine exploitation. He has BSc and DSc degrees for the University of Aberdeen, a PhD from Cambridge University and has received prizes for his research including the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Bruce Medal for Polar Science from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Society of Biology.