23 August 2012

Four new members have joined the Scottish Science Advisory Council to advise the Scottish Government on science issues. 

The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) is a group of 17 members from the science and business community who provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on a range of science-related topics. This includes highlighting new breakthroughs that could impact on public policy, and identifying ways to strengthen the links between Scotland’s research and industry sectors.

The new SSAC members are:

Professor David Cumming, Professor of Electronic Systems at the University of Glasgow

Mr Stuart Farmer, Head of Physics at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen

Professor Jon Oberlander, Co- Director of the Centre for Design Informatics and Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Jason Reese, Professor of Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, and Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde

 Professor Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and Co-Chair of the SSAC, said:

By bringing together people in a range of scientific and business fields we can provide the best available advice to Ministers and ensure Scotland’s economy and people benefits fully from our world-leading research base. I look forward to working with both our new and existing members as we explore the range of scientific and technological developments taking place in Scotland and how they can best inform evidence-based policy-making within the Scottish Government.”

Welcoming the appointment of new members Minister for Science Alasdair Allan said:

The Scottish Science Advisory Council continues to attract very high calibre members, strengthening our reputation as a nation of science. The Scottish Government values independent advice on a range of scientific areas, and I look forward to hearing more about key issues of interest to the Council over the coming months.”