Professor Dr John R. Porter becomes a Knight
Professor Dr John R. Porter has been made Knight of the French order of Agriculture Merit, which is bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture, including the impacts of climate change.
The Order was established in July 1883 by the then French Minister of Agriculture, M. Jules Méline and it still continues to honour people who have made exceptional contributions to agriculture, whether in public research duties or in the practice of agriculture. Louis Pasteur was one of its first members. It also rewards people who distinguished themselves in scientific research. When instigated the Order of Agricultural Merit was considered the second most important award from the French state, after the Legion d’Honneur.
“My mother’s family originated from France and Germany and were immigrants into Liverpool in the 1880s – so this award is a very nice full circle and was very unexpected. I am absolutely delighted to receive it for myself and my family but also as thanks for the support I have received from the former KVL and now PLEN,” says John R. Porter.
Before a person can be awarded the order, the following requirements must be fulfilled for a Knight; at least thirty years of age with fifteen years of service/work. The two criteria for this award are John R Porter’s leadership of the IPCC chapter on food security in the last IPCC report in 2014 that formed the scientific bedrock of the COP21 agreement in Paris in December 2015. He has also served on the Science Council of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), supporting the development of INRA’s scientific strategy over many years. It is very rare for a non-French citizen to be awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit and its accompanying medal.
Professor Dr John R. Porter will receive the order and an award certificate on March 1 2016 at a ceremony in the French Embassy in Copenhagen.