31 December 2016:
Dr. Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey and UK Delegate to SCAR was recently made a dame for her services to polar science and diplomacy. Dame Francis has been involved with Antarctic research since the early 1980s with her paleobiology work and was only the fourth woman to receive the prestigious UK Polar Medal in 2002.
Jane has been an active member of the SCAR community for many years, including her service as the UK Delegate and her mentoring of many young female scientists and help with the Celebrating Women in Antarctica Wikibomb held this past year.
Dr. Francis was included in the 2017 New Year Honours List and THE QUEEN has awarded her the title of Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Please join us in congratulating Jane on her many accomplishments and this great honour.