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Professor Lorna Dawson honoured with Pride of Britain award

Professor Lorna Dawson honoured with Pride of Britain award
"The Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people from all walks of life who make our world a better place"

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute and SEFARI Advisor on the Scottish Government‘s Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, has been revealed today as one of the winners of the Pride of Britain Awards, presented by the Daily Mirror in partnership with TSB to celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people from all walks of life who make our world a better place.

Professor Dawson has been distinguished with a Special Recognition award for leading a team that has helped put some of the UK’s most evil killers behind bars by using forensic geology techniques to unearth vital hidden clues.

The important role soil can play in forensic investigations has been highlighted by the involvement of the Institute’s soil forensic team in high-profile cases such as the World’s End murders, the Karen Buckley case and the searches for Moira Anderson and toddler Ben Needham.

Professor Dawson said: “In addition to being a key resource for food security and human sustainability, soils contain many physical, chemical and biological characteristics, along with trace material, such as diatoms, pollen grains, plant debris and physical particulates, which can potentially be of great use to the investigative and reconstructive processes.

"It is an amazing experience to receive a Pride of Britain award and I accept it on behalf of the whole team - the Soil Forensic group, the James Hutton Institute, SEFARI, the forensic teams I have worked with and all the police forces and legal teams who have welcomed me into their investigative teams: the work emphasises the importance of communicating and interdisciplinary collaboration which has helped the work make such an impact on society and security."

Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, commented: "We are all very proud of Lorna and her team who have worked tirelessly to make soil forensics useful in this way and help so many people as well as the ends of justice.

"Her expertise and that of the Institute has been built on solid foundations of our soil science using resources such as the National Soils Database and Archive funded by the Scottish Government and she and the team have been determined and talented in developing new methods and approaches suitable for forensic applications."

Pride of Britain award winners come from tens of thousands of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals discovered by award researchers. They are whittled down to a shortlist from which a judging panel made up of celebrated figures in national life, chooses the winners.

The awards are the biggest of its kind on British TV. The 2017 ceremony will be held tonight at the Grosvenor House in London and screened on ITV/STV on Tuesday 7th November. For a full list of winners see here.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.