Scots soil expert honoured by Swedes

Published Monday, 11th February 2019 in Research news

Prof Christine Watson with Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Prof Christine Watson with Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

One of Scotland’s leading soil scientists has been given the royal seal of approval in Sweden.

Professor Christine Watson, who is based in the Aberdeen campus of Scotland’s Rural College, has been awarded KSLA’s (The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry) Wallenberg Professorship 2019. 

Ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February), Prof Watson received her diploma at KSLA’s Commemorative Meeting in Stockholm from Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.

The professorship means she will spend nine months working with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Prof Watson, who has been with SRUC since 1990, is a leading expert on nutrient management in agricultural systems. 

She has worked on a wide range of farming systems including arable, mixed farming, outdoor pig production and dairy systems as well as agroforestry. She will work with leading Swedish researchers addressing important issues such as plant protein security in Sweden, and the implications of cropping system change for the environment. This corresponds with food security policy on a national as well as a European and global level. 

Dr Eva Pettersson, Academy Secretary and Managing Director at KSLA, said: “Drawing on Professor Watson’s extensive international network, the professorship will open up new and exciting opportunities for SLU’s research to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture in a European and global context.”

Prof Watson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with leading researchers in agriculture, ecology and forestry to tackle complex questions about future land use in Northern Europe. I am also looking forward to growing more research and education links between SRUC and SLU as there are many synergies between the two organisations.”

Prof Caroline Argo, Dean of SRUC’s Northern Faculty, said: “Christine’s professorship is further confirmation of the global impact of SRUC research. The Wallenberg visiting professorships bring a unique contribution of skills to the Swedish host institution, and Christine will have the ability to significantly contribute to the activities conducted there or to provide assistance in the organisation of new prioritised areas of expertise. We congratulate Christine on this outstanding achievement.” 

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