Professor David Ingram, OBE, VMH, ScD, FIHort, FIBiol, FRSE is an Honorary Professor in the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow; Fellow, Programme Convenor and Chairman of the Science and Society Steering Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Honorary Fellow and Chair of the Research Committee, Myerscough College, Lancashire; and an Independent Member and Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (DEFRA).
Previously Professor Ingram was Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge (2000-March 2006), Chairman of the Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species (1999-2005); Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (1990-1998); and the Royal Horticultural Society Professor of Horticulture and Chairman of the Scientific and Horticultural Advice Committee (1995-2002). From 1990-2000 he was founder Chair of Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS). Even earlier he was a University teacher and leader of plant pathology research teams in Hull, Glasgow and then Cambridge. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University in 1998, was appointed OBE in 1999 and was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003.
His current interests are: botany, conservation, horticulture and science communication.