The Princess, a long-time patron of the Moredun Research Institute, commended the various education, training and public engagement initiatives it is involved in, amid discussion of 'creative and innovative' ways to communicate the fruits of its labours to the wider world.
During her visit, Princess Anne listened to a series of presentations, by Moredun Foundation chairman Ian Duncan Millar, principal scientist Professor Elisabeth Innes, and post-graduate research student Edward Marr.
The presentations highlighted many of the different knowledge exchange initiatives Moredun has developed to improve the effectiveness of science communication, including undergraduate and post-graduate research training, farmer discussion groups and farm demonstrations, public debates, audio and film projects, educational work with schools and collaboration with the Arts.
She particularly enjoyed the contribution by Mr Marr, who had been inspired to take up a career in livestock science following a short project placement he had undertaken at Moredun whilst completing his undergraduate degree.
He said: "I greatly enjoyed working on a research project that had such an important application in the field to bring real benefits to the health of livestock. I became so interested in the science that I was inspired to continue the research after I graduated and I am now studying for a PhD at Moredun."