University biologist elected as President of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Posted by egg3 at Aug 20, 2015 09:11 AM |
New appointment for Dr Iain Barber follows long-standing affiliation with international society
University biologist elected as President of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Dr Iain Barber

Dr Iain Barber, Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology in the new Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, who recently stepped down from a 4 year term as the Head of the Department of Biology, has been elected as President of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

The FSBI is an international society promoting research into fish biology and fisheries science, through PhD studentship funding, research grants, travel awards and internships, and publishes the Journal of Fish Biology. The Society – which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2017 – also awards three medals annually, and sponsors an annual International Symposium, which this year focused on Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) at the University of Plymouth and was attended by more than 170 experts from around the world.

Dr Barber said: "The FSBI is a fantastic academic organisation that supports the work of all those engaged in fish and fisheries research, through a wide range of activities. The work of the society is increasingly international, and we have developed excellent working relationships with other national fisheries societies, including with the American Fisheries Society, the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science and the China Society of Fisheries, and we played a key role organising the World Fisheries Congresses in 2012 and 2016.

"The FSBI also awards 2-3 fully funded PhD studentships each year, meaning that at any one time the Society supports more than 10 students at UK universities. At a time when studentship funding is becoming harder to secure, the students coming through the FSBI scheme are ensuring that we are building research capacity for the future.

"I am honoured to have been elected by the Society to the position of Honorary President, and intend using my period of office to drive the society forward, cementing our position as a major supporter and funder of fish biology and fisheries science research in the UK and worldwide."

Dr Claire Gibson, Head of the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, said: "This is a great achievement for Dr Barber in recognition of his academic contribution to research into fish biology. It is an honour for Dr Barber to hold this position within the new department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour."

Dr Barber has a long-standing affiliation with the Society, and won the FSBI medal – awarded for ‘exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science’ – in 2010 for his work on host-parasite interactions in fish. He will serve as the Society’s President for 4 years, and follows the outgoing President, Dr Ian Winfield of Lancaster University. He continues a history of FSBI involvement at the University of Leicester: Professor Paul J.B. Hart, now Emeritus and formerly of the Biology Department, previously served as Treasurer (1988-1997) and President of the Society (1997-2002), and continues to edit the Society’s Newsletter.

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