DSTL scientist wins defence and security award

January 11, 2023

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) scientist Dr Hilary Bird has received a Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS) Commendation for her contribution to the defence and security of the United Kingdom.

The VCDS Commendation Awards are given out twice a year, in tandem with the state honours, to individuals and teams who have performed exemplary service to the Ministry of Defence.

Dr Bird was awarded for her exceptional scientific research output mainly supporting the development of fieldable biological detection capabilities.

She has been instrumental in the development and delivery of practical, operationally-relevant training and exercise support and worked closely with specialist military personnel. She has also directly supported multiple overseas and UK-based operations, providing scientific expertise on the front line of military and police operations.

Dr Bird said: “I was surprised that my work attracted an award and I feel it reflects the work of the various teams I have worked with over the years.

“Without their dedication and commitment we couldn’t have provided such valuable advice and direct support to military capability operations and training.

“I have received many congratulations from colleagues and my family and friends and I am humbled by the number of people who have said how well deserved it is.”


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