The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) has appointed Prof. Elizabeth Magowan as its new president.

The animal scientist and academic is set to bring a “wealth of experience to the role” and is expected to lead the society towards success in evidencing the role of livestock and advancing the field of animal science, the society said.

Magowan will take over the role from the outgoing president, Kim Matthews, who has served in the role for the past three years.

Speaking on her appointment, Magowan said she was “honoured and excited” to take on the role of president for BSAS.

“The society plays a critical role in providing a forum for animal scientists across the UK and Ireland and beyond to come together as a community with a key goal of advancing animal science and disseminating the state of the art knowledge with regard to animal sciences,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working with the members and partners of BSAS to further these important objectives.”

BSAS chief executive, Maggie Mitchell, said: “We are delighted to have Elizabeth Magowan as our new president.

“She is an outstanding leader in the field of animal science and is passionate about fostering the society to drive impact for a wide range of stakeholders.

Elizabeth Magowan

“We look forward to working with her to further advance the mission of the society.”

Elizabeth Magowan

Magowan is currently the director of sustainable agri-food sciences division at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of animal science.

She has been a member of BSAS for several years and has held key positions in the organisation before, including vice president and chair of the society’s finance and governance committee.

She was also awarded the Hammond award in 2017 in recognition of her scientific work and its impact on the industry, BSAS said.