Lee Innes, director of communications and principal scientist at Moredun, has been awarded an MBE.

Lee Innes has described MBE as an “extraordinary honour”.

Prof Innes was recognised in the New Year Honours for services to scientific research and communication.

Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director of the Moredun Research Institute and chief executive of the Moredun Foundation, said: “On behalf of all our colleagues at Moredun may we offer our warmest congratulations to Prof Innes on receiving this honour in recognition of her outstanding contribution to scientific research and communication. The award of the MBE is richly deserved.”

Prof Innes has made a major contribution throughout her career to promoting and communicating livestock science within the UK and internationally – both through her academic work in immunology and parasitology, and by developing several high profile engagement and communication activities to improve science policy interactions and promote education and understanding of livestock health and welfare.

Prof Innes has conducted research in the area of infectious diseases of livestock at several different research institutes in the UK and Africa and leads a group at Moredun looking at developing solutions to control diseases caused by protozoan parasites. She holds honorary professorships from Heriot Watt University, University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow and is also chief executive of the Creative Science Company – a spin out from Moredun established in 2008.

Following a sabbatical year spent in Hong Kong in 2002-2003 where she studied journalism and photography, she became more interested in science communication, knowledge exchange and education. In 2008 Prof Innes became director of communications at Moredun and has since divided her time between scientific research and science communication.

Prof Innes said: “This is an extraordinary honour, which I am delighted to accept in recognition of our brilliant research and communications teams here at Moredun, and I have been fortunate to have worked with some very talented people throughout my career.”

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