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Meet the Committee

Chair's message

On behalf of the Horticulture Group Committee, I would like to welcome you to our webpages.

Since the inception of the Horticulture Group in 2008, it has carved a niche for itself within SCI and expanded the Society’s range of interests. Although a relatively small group, we are an active community, organising regular events that support the SCI mission of being a place where ‘science meets business’. We also work closely with the other technical interest groups, in particular those in closely related fields such as the Agriscience group and the Food group.

Our aim is to cover all aspects of Horticulture, focusing our efforts on encouraging the transfer of new scientific knowledge and understanding into the industry. We aim to facilitate the building of links between higher education establishments, botanic gardens, growers and producers of horticultural crops and associated supply companies. In addition to providing a forum for networking within a diverse industry, SCI horticulture group aims to promote this field and help educate the public about its value and importance.  Regardless of whether these horticultural crops are food or ornamental, there is a large industry involved that most of the general public are unaware of, especially the contribution of science to the production of these important economic crops.

As part of our commitment to promote industry relevant horticultural science, we established the David Miller Award in 2010. The award provides financial assistance to two young plant scientists or horticulturists to support overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. It has proved to be a great way to support new science and to build links with talented young people who are passionate about plant science and the world of horticulture.

The Horticulture Group is also proud to have led the development of the SCIence garden at SCI HQ in Belgrave Square. The garden development commenced in early 2017. All the plants growing there have a link to the Society and perhaps chemistry more widely – be it to a historical figure, a link to one of the technical groups or regional groups, or to the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

We are always looking for new suggestions for events of interest to group members and for new ideas on how the group can better support our members. Please do consider providing us with some feedback or ideas as to how we can improve. New members whatever their connection to the horticulture industry are always welcome to the group. Why not even consider putting your name forward to join the Horticulture Group committee? I encourage you to introduce your colleagues and acquaintances to the Society, and contact membership@soci.org for details on how to join SCI.

Dr Alison Foster
Horticulture Group

Committee biographies and photographs

Alison Foster 2017

Dr Alison Foster

  Events Secretary:
Peter Grimbly

Mr Peter Grimbly

  Education Representative:
  Prof Geoffrey Dixon
  Corresponding Member, DM Award Adjudicator:

Prof Jeff Moorby

  DM Award Adjudicator:
  Mr Donald Murray
  DM Award Co-ordinator:
Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, David Miller travel award recipient Dr Sebastian Eves-van-den Akker
  Ordinary Members:
Tony Girard

Mr Anthony Girard

  Miss Maragret Waddy
  Mrs Susan McGrath-Cole
  Miss Joanna Wood
  Prof David Atkinson

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