Professor Dianne Edwards CBE PhD, ScD(Cantab) FRSE, FLS, FLSE, FLSW, FRS

Dianne Edwards is currently Distinguished Research Professor and Director of Innovation and Engagement and previously Head of School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University where she has spent most of her research career as a palaeobotanist investigating early land plants.  Her interests outside the University include Botanic Gardens (Founder Trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and former Trustee at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and conservation (former Council Member of the Countryside Council of Wales).  As president of the Linnean Society, her concerns rest with teaching and research of systematics and biodiversity.  She has recently been involved in the creation of The Learned Society of Wales and is the Vice President in charge of STEM subjects.

On the personal side, Dianne enjoys gardening, opera (a great fan of Welsh National Opera and Mozart); she can appreciate the challenges of balancing an academic career in science with motherhood, having, quite successfully (she thinks), produced a son, who trained as a biologist, but now has a career in financial management.