Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS

Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS is a marine and polar scientist who was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment.

Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS

He is currently a professor at the University of St Andrews and the Chairman of the UK Research Integrity Office. He has served as an independent member of the UK’s Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He previously served as the first Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, and as Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit. Sir Ian is currently leading the move to sustainability at the University of St Andrews.

He spent 14 years leading a research programme in Antarctica studying the structure and dynamics of energy flow in the Southern Ocean and later specialised in the human impacts on marine ecosystems including fisheries and the effects of anthropogenic noise. While a science adviser in government, he led the productions reports and strategies on waste and resources, bovine tuberculosis, pollinators, and the effects of tree disease. He has received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, the Bruce Medal for Polar Science, and the Polar Medal. He is President Elect of the Royal Society of Biology and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Sir Ian originally graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Zoology and has a PhD from Cambridge University. He has also been awarded several honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2019 for services to science and economics in government.

Sir Ian will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to environmental science, in balancing science and evidence to influence policy change that improves our natural environment, in particular, the marine environment.