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 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 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 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 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...

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...

Dr Tara Spires-Jones Dr Tara Spires-Jones

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

Dr 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 tau)...

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...

Past Member
Professor Muffy Calder, formerly SSAC Co-Chair Professor Muffy Calder, OBE FRSE, FREng FBCS FIEE, Vice Principal for Science and Engineering University of Glasgow

Muffy Calder OBE is Vice Principal of Science and Engineering and Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University.  She was Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and SSAC Co-Chair from 1 March 2012  till December 2014.  She is a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder and was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and...

Professor David Cumming B.Eng, PhD Professor David Cumming B.Eng, PhD

David Cumming (B.Eng. Glasgow, Ph.D. Cambridge) is the Professor of Electronic Systems at Glasgow University where he is the Head of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering in the School of Engineering. He runs the Microsystem Technology (MST) group with 20 researchers. His research into lab-in-a-pill led to the university spin-out, Mode Diagnostics. He worked for Ion Torrent Inc. that...

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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Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE

John has extensive experience in the life sciences sector. He is the former Chairman of BTG plc,  CXR Biosciences Ltd and current chairman for Cell Therapy Catapult Centre, a non-executive Director of Vectura Group plc and Axis-Shield plc, and was a Director of Cambridge Antibody Technology plc until its acquisition by AstraZeneca.

In the public sector he Chairs the Roslin Foundation ,...

Professor Anne Glover, CBE, FRSE, FAAM Professor Anne Glover, CBE, FRSE, FAAM

Professor Anne Glover was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland on August 1 2006. She held this post until December 2011.  Her role was to further enhance Scotland's reputation as a science nation.

Professor Glover holds a Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen, and has honorary positions at the Rowett and Macaulay Institutes. She is an...

Ian C Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS Ian C Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS

Non-Executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Casapian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute.

Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Caspian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute. He has been involved in over 20 start-up high-tech businesses, including OWL, Digital Bridges, Voxar, Sonaptic and Orbital. Ritchie is a past-President of...

Professor Ian Boyd, FRSE Professor Ian Boyd, FRSE

Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA

Ian Boyd is a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. He has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for DEFRA. He has been chairman of the Marine Alliance or Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and was Chief Executive of SMRU Ltd. His research field is in marine ecology with a specialisation in marine mammals and he has gained...

Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE

John has extensive experience in the life sciences sector. He is the former Chairman of BTG plc,  CXR Biosciences Ltd and current chairman for Cell Therapy Catapult Centre, a non-executive Director of Vectura Group plc and Axis-Shield plc, and was a Director of Cambridge Antibody Technology plc until its acquisition by AstraZeneca.

In the public sector he Chairs the Roslin Foundation ,...

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