Cranfield University Dr Jacqueline Hannam has been appointed President-elect of the British Society of Soil Science. Dr Hannam was elected at the company’s virtual annual general meeting and will take up her role as president-elect on January 1, 2021.
Dr Hannam specializes in soil data, digital soil mapping and soil health. At Cranfield University, Dr Hannam leads the LandIS Land Information System team which is responsible for national soil data for England and Wales. LandIS was a key part of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017 which the university won for its work in soil science.
Dr Hannam, Senior Soil Scientist at Cranfield University and President-elect of the British Society of Soil Science, said: “I am deeply honored to be elected by the members of the British Society of Soil Science to serve as President.
“Soil is gaining more and more media attention and it is an exciting time for society and for soil science with both the World Soil Science Congress and COP26 taking place in Glasgow in 2021 As the world turns to the UK, I am determined that the importance of the world’s soils and the role they play in mitigating the effects of climate change and feeding the planet are recognized and implemented.
Professor Leon A. Terry, Director of Environment and Agri-Food at Cranfield University, said: “All of us at Cranfield are very proud that Jack has been elected to this post. She is a true champion of soil science and is a great ambassador for the work we do at Cranfield, whether it is in front of an audience of schoolchildren or government ministers.
“At Cranfield, she showed the role technology can play in enabling more informed decision-making and ultimately better results for soils around the world. “