Members

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Chair
Professor Maggie Gill OBE, FRSE

SSAC Chair

Professor Maggie Gill, OBE, FRSE is an emeritus Professor in the School of Biology, University of Aberdeen. From 2014 to 2019 Maggie was Chair of the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the CGIAR (a consortium of international agricultural research centres).  She currently chairs an EU Think Tank for the project Fit4Food 2030 and the Science Advisory Panel of the...

Current Member
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE

Ex-Officio Member

Julie Fitzpatrick was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland in June 2021.

 

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government.  Julie also remains Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute and CEO of The Moredun Foundation.  She also holds a Chair in Food Security at the University of Glasgow’s College of...

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak was appointed Chief Scientist, Health, and took up post on 1 July 2022.

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...

Mathew Williams

Ex-Officio Member

 

Professor Mathew Williams took up post as Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on January, 10, 2022.

Professor Williams provides independent science advice on issues such as the environment, agriculture and the wider rural economy and champions the use of evidence to inform policy development and...

Dr Caroline Cantley

Caroline’s career spans both industry and academia, focused on engineering and technology-based business, strategic leadership and research. She currently holds an honorary appointment at the University of Strathclyde as Advisor to the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) having previously held the post of inaugural Executive Director for six years to June 2022, providing...

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 the Director of the Centre for Energy Transition, Aberdeen University, a role he took up on 1 March 2022  Previously he was 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...

Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh OBE, FRSE

Aziz is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Director of the Usher Institute at The University of Edinburgh.  He is Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, NHS Lothian, Director of the 16-university Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Director of the NIHR Global Respiratory Health Unit (RESPIRE), Director of the Scottish Allergy...

Professor E Marian Scott OBE, FRSE

 

Marian is Professor of Environmental Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow; an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and a chartered statistician of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).  She is a member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), a member of...

Professor Bob Ferrier

 

Prof Bob Ferrier is Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), at the Hydro Nation International Centre, James Hutton Institute. CREW delivers at the policy: research interface, which involves co-construction of knowledge involving all of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes and the water stakeholder community of policy, industry and practitioners. He has over...

Professor Robert Bowman

 

Professor Robert Bowman holds a Seagate Technology / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Data Storage at Queen’s University Belfast.   A native of the Isle of Mull, he obtained his BSc degree in Physics from, the then, Paisley College of Technology and his PhD from the University of Strathclyde and undertook postdoctoral work there until he joined ...

Professor Julian D C Jones OBE, FRSE

 

Professor Jones is Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University, where his responsibilities including leading Planning and Finance strategies for the university.  As a physicist, Julian’s research interests span the physics and technology of lasers, fibre optics and their applications, including in sensing, manufacturing and communications.

 

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Professor Linda Bauld

Ex-Officio Member

Linda Bauld was appointed as Chief Social Policy Adviser to the Scottish Government on 1 April 2022. She holds the Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health in the Usher Institute, College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.  Her research focuses on two main areas: the evaluation of complex public health interventions, and how research can...

Dr Kate Crowley Dr Kate Crowley

Co-opted Associate Member

Dr Crowley is the Co-Director of the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) at the University of Edinburgh. She is also Deputy Programme Director for an MSc in Carbon Management and lectures in climate change risk and adaptation. Dr Crowley has worked as an applied researcher, consultant and practitioner in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and...

Past Member
SSAC Past Members

 

 

 

The following is a list of previous members and their institutions/positions at the time of appointment. The SSAC does not hold records of members’ professional roles after they left the SSAC.

 

Any corrections to the information below can be emailed to scottishscience@gov.scot 

 

 

 

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