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Zoological Society of India fellowship for Professor Chris Dickman



11 January 2013

Professor Chris Dickman with his certificate, medal and statue from the Zoological Society of India
Professor Chris Dickman with his certificate, medal and statue from the Zoological Society of India

While most of us were trying to recover from Christmas lunch or grab a bargain in the Boxing Day sales, Professor Chris Dickman was in Hyderabad, India at the Global Meet of Biologists. Chris had been invited by the organisers to give a talk about his desert ecology work, but they also had a surprise for him - election to the fellowship of the Zoological Society of India! "The award was a real surprise" said Chris, "and also a great honour to be recognised by one of the largest zoological societies in the world." The Zoological Society of India was established in 1938 and constitutes 5,000 scientists and researchers as life members.

Chris was the Special Invitee for the meeting, which brought together biologists from different specialties to discuss issues of global importance. "One of the most stimulating aspects of this conference was the breadth of topics covered and the expertise of the speakers in their topic areas" said Chris. "There is a lot of outstanding research being carried out in India, only a fraction of which is picked up and noticed outside. This also has to be one of the friendliest meetings that I have attended - and the food, of course, was fantastic!"