Professor Christine Maggs wins the British Ecological Society Equality and Diversity Champion award

30 August 2017

Professor Christine Maggs


On 29 August 2017, the British Ecological Society (BES) announced the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising nine distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general. 

Professor Sue Hartley, President of the British Ecological Society, said: “We have a long-standing history of supporting our academic community across the globe and recognise excellence at all career stages. Ecological knowledge can help to address some of the most pressing challenges human society is facing today.”

“The winners of this year’s BES prizes have made outstanding contributions to their field and I congratulate them for their impressive achievements, which advance the science of ecology and its impacts”, Hartley added.

The winners will be presented with their prizes during a ceremony held at the Society’s annual meeting in December, which will bring together 1,200 ecologists from 60 countries to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline.

JNCC's Professor Christine Maggs received the Equality and Diversity Champion award, which recognises an individual or group who has made innovative contributions to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity in the ecological community.

Professor Maggs said "I’m really proud to be honoured by the British Ecological Society for my contribution to gender equality in ecology.  I want to acknowledge the importance of the UK’s Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN award scheme, which has encouraged leadership to feel confident in openly promoting the ideas of equality and in taking practical steps to address gender gaps.  It has taken a great deal of sustained teamwork effort to make a difference in changing attitudes, and the momentum is now beginning to build up outside the UK as well."