Welcome to SSCR | SSCR Scottish Society for Crop Research | The James Hutton Institute

About SSCR

The Scottish Society for Crop Research’s affairs are managed by a Committee of Management, currently consisting of the following: Mr A. Redpath (Chairman), Dr K. Dawson (Vice-Chairman), Professor J.R. Hillman (Trustee), Mr I.E. Ivory (Trustee), Dr S. Wale (Trustee), Mr J.S. Whitehead (Trustee), Mr E. Grewar, Mr C. Herron, Mr E. Anderson, Mr G. Rennie, Mr P. Thomson, and Professor C. Campbell. Day-to-day matters are handled by the Honorary Secretary, Dr Bill Macfarlane Smith, and the Honorary Treasurer, Beth Corcoran.

The society functions through its crop sub-committees for combinable and energy crops, potatoes and soft fruit, which are chaired respectively by Messrs. Dawson, Herron and Thomson. The secretaries of these committees are Dr Joanne Russell, Prof Ian Toth and Mrs Alison Dolan, all of whom are based at the James Hutton Institute.

SSCR has been the recipient of various bequests and other funds over the years. These have been invested to provide an annual income which is used for the following purposes:

  • to organise field and crop walks, and meetings for the exchange of information
  • to finance science-based publications for the benefit of the membership
  • to maintain contact, through the crop sub-committees, with members with specialised interests
  • to support research on topics of particular relevance to members which would not otherwise be funded by other organisations
  • to ‘pump-prime’ research at The James Hutton Institute to open up new areas of interest with the purpose of generating much greater funding in the future.

The society supports the annual Fruit for the Future and Cereal in Practice outdoor events to bring new varieties and agronomy methods to the notice of members. It is also financially involved in the organisation of Potatoes in Practice, the premier field potato event in the UK.

In addition, the combinable and energy crops, potato and soft fruit sub-committees organise indoor events to disseminate research findings and other information of relevance to their respective industries.

SSCR also administers the Peter Massalski Prize on behalf of its donors, Professor and the late Mrs T. Massalski. The prize is awarded every second year to the best young scientist, under the age of 36, working at The James Hutton Institute. The prize was presented in memory of Dr Peter Massalski who was working at the Institute at the time of his death.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the SSCR website then please email Bill Macfarlane Smith.