Members

Chair
Professor Paul Boyle CBE FBA FRSE Professor Paul Boyle CBE FBA FRSE

SSAC Chair

Professor Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK...

Current Member
Professor Iain Hunter Professor Iain Hunter

Professor Iain Hunter is Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was Executive Dean of Science (2008-2014) and Vice-Dean Resources and Planning (2002-2008).

With a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbial Physiology (both Glasgow University) and Research Fellowship in Microbial Genetics (Cambridge), he has expertise across the...

Professor Colin McInnes MBE FRSE Professor Colin McInnes MBE FRSE

Professor Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Glasgow. His previous posts were Director, Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory and Director, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Strathclyde, where he retains a Visiting Research Professorship.

Professor McInnes’ research interests cover the broad...

Professor Andrew Mount FRSC Professor Andrew Mount FRSC

Professor Andy Mount is Professor of Physical Electrochemistry and Dean of Research in the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include fundamental and applied electrochemistry, sensing and analysis and the development and application of healthcare and low carbon clean energy technologies; he has played a leading role in over...

Professor Sheila Rowan MBE, FRSE

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Sheila Rowan was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland in June 2016.

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Professor Rowan remains Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow, a position she has held since 2009. She received an MBE in 2011.

After her PhD...

Professor David Crossman

Ex-Officio Member

Professor David Crossman was appointed Chief Scientist, Health, on 1 November 2017.

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Professor Crossman remains Dean of Medicine and Head of School at St Andrews. Professor Crossman succeeds Professor Andrew Morris, who stood down from the Chief Scientist role in July.

Professor...

Andrew Millar FRS, FRSE

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Andrew Millar was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture in October 2018.

This is a part-time position (3 days a week) and Professor Millar retains an academic position at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Millar succeeds Professor Louise Heathwaite, who stood down from the role in...

Dr Caroline Cantley

Dr Caroline Cantley's career spans both industry and academia, focused on engineering, technology-based business and research. Her current role, as Executive Director of the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe), involves providing leadership and strategic direction to the creation of critical mass in engineering in Scotland to help attract investment, leading researchers,...

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, DBE, FRSE

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, as well as an honorary consultant physician and a non-executive member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. She is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics, awarded a DBE for...

Professor Mark Inall

Professor Mark Inall is a physical oceanographer and director of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience Environment and Society (SAGES), which brings together world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, to create a multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research.

 

He is an advocate of inter...

Professor Wayne Powell

Professor Wayne Powell is Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). He has shown a lifelong commitment to the application of cutting edge science to deliver practical benefits for agriculture and the rural economies of the developed and developing world.

 

His personal research interests are at the interface of plant genetics, genome science, plant...

Professor John Underhill FRSE

Professor John Underhill is Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University, a leadership and advocacy role informing the strategic direction of the university.  He also holds the position of Chair of Exploration Geoscience and is the Academic Director of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas. 

He studied Geology at Bristol...

Past Member
Mr Stuart Farmer, BSC, MBA, PGCE, CSciTeach Mr Stuart Farmer, BSC, MBA, PGCE, CSciTeach

Stuart Farmer is the headof Physics at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen.

Following graduation from the University of St Andrews and Dundee College of Education, Stuart has taught in Kinross High School, Peterhead Academy, Alford Academy and Robert Gordon’s College. Throughout his teaching career Stuart has been actively involved in a wide variety of professional activities beyond day-...

Professor Jon Oberlander BA, PhD, Professor Jon Oberlander BA, PhD,

Jon Oberlander holds a Chair in Epistemics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge, UK (1983), and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh (1987), and has been an EPSRC Advanced Fellow at the ESRC Human Communication Research Centre. He was founder-Director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science...

Professor Jason Reese FREng, FRSE Professor Jason Reese FREng, FRSE

Regius Professor of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh

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Professor Louise Heathwaite Professor Louise Heathwaite PhD FRSB FRSE

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Louise Heathwaite was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) in September 2012.

She is also Professor of Land and Water Science and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. Louise has over 25 years research experience in...

Professor Andrew Morris FRSE FMedSci Professor Andrew Morris FRSE FMedSci

Ex officio Member

Professor Andrew Morris is Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate, which supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHS Scotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland. He is also Professor of Medicine and Dean of...

Professor Anna Meredith Professor Anna Meredith

Professor Anna Meredith holds a personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. She graduated from University of Oxford (MA Physiological Sciences), University of Cambridge (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine) and University of Edinburgh (PhD), and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)...

Professor Susan Rosser Professor Susan Rosser

Professor Susan Rosser is Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh.  She is Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre, PI and Co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry for synthetic DNA synthesis and assembly.  She also holds a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in Synthetic Biology. She also leads two, large transatlantic Synthetic...

Professor Tara Spires-Jones Professor Tara Spires-Jones

Professor Tara Spires-Jones is a Neuroscientist running a research group at the University of Edinburgh. 

Professor Spires-Jones’  research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing.  Her work has shown that both of the proteins involved in the neuropathological lesions in AD (amyloid beta and...

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