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Hutton researcher first woman to take on Royal Entomological Society honorary role

Dr Jenni Stockan (c) James Hutton Institute
“I hope to play my part in supporting international collaboration and communication of insect science within the entomological community and to wider audiences”

Dr Jenni Stockan, a research scientist within the James Hutton Institute’s Ecological Sciences group, has been distinguished by the Royal Entomological Society as the first woman to take the role of Honorary Secretary in the society’s 186-year history.

The Royal Entomological Society was founded in 1833 as the Royal Entomological Society of London and is devoted to the promotion and development of entomological science. Its stated aims include promoting excellence in entomology and demonstrating the importance of studying insects to everyone.

The Honorary Secretary is one of four officers responsible for the scientific, social and financial affairs of the Society. Many eminent scientists of the past have served in this role, including Charles Darwin, renowned English naturalist and biologist responsible for major contributions to the science of evolution.

Dr Stockan has worked with the Society in various roles to date: Honorary Secretary for Scotland since 2011, Fellow since 2013, Trustee between 2016 and 2019, and Vice President from 2018 to 2019.

She commented: “It is an honour to be elected to the role of Honorary Secretary. The Royal Entomological Society is one of the world’s most eminent Entomological Societies.

“I hope to play my part in supporting international collaboration and communication of insect science within the entomological community and to wider audiences.”

Professor Deb Roberts, Director of Science at the James Hutton Institute and chair of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, said: “I am delighted that Jenni has been appointed Honorary Secretary of the Royal Entomological Society, following in the footsteps of very distinguished scientists.

“Women remain under-represented in many science areas. I hope Jenni’s achievement inspires future generations of female scientists.”

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