The ZSL Frink Award is the Society’s highest award for zoologists, and at a ceremony on 16th June it was presented to Sir Pat Bateson FRS, Emeritus Professor of Ethology, University of Cambridge, for his substantial and original contributions to the advancement of the science. Throughout his career, Pat has had an enormous impact on the field of animal behaviour. He has worked extensively on the relationship between physiology and behaviour, the neural mechanisms behind imprinting, and how behaviour and development affect evolution. Pat also developed the concept of optimal outbreeding, generating an important area of research that has been exploited by theoreticians as well as empiricists. The full citation can be seen http://www.zsl.org/science/zsl-awards/zsl-scientific-award-winners-2014.