New science champion for Scotland

New science champion for Scotland

A new Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland has been appointed today to further enhance Scotland’s reputation as a ‘science nation’.

Professor Anne Glover of Aberdeen University will be seconded to the Scottish Executive to provide independent advice to Ministers, take the lead on co-ordinating science policy across the Executive and work closely with the science community.

Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen said:

“My vision for Scotland as a ‘science nation’ is one where science and innovation is key to our economic success and raising our quality of life.

“Scotland has a remarkable history of discovery and innovation and we are continuing to deliver breakthroughs today in areas such as stem cells, e-health, genomics and informatics.

“The recent progress report on a “A Science Strategy for Scotland” also shows that we are measuring up well against our goals to compete, innovate and encourage participation in science.

“The appointment of Professor Glover as our Chief Scientific Adviser will further enhance this country’s reputation.

“She will have an important role to play, not just within the Executive, but also outside it, and I look forward to working with her.

Professor Glover added:

“I am delighted to be appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.”

“Scotland’s scientific endeavour is outstanding in both national and international arenas and I want to contribute to ensuring that our scientific excellence translates to increased prosperity and quality of life for the people of Scotland.”

“I also hope to convey the excitement and potential of science to non-scientists so that they can share in the pleasure of new discoveries.”

“I have a strong commitment to knowledge transfer and want to explore ways of enhancing the uptake of scientific research in Scotland by government, industry and society.”

“All scientists need to assume responsibility for communicating their research to a wide audience so that science seems less remote and more relevant to everyday life.”

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