The University of Aberdeen has welcomed the announcement that one of its professors, Anne Glover, has been appointed as the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Europe.
Professor Glover, Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences, begins her three year post in January.
Her current role as Scotland’s first Chief Scientific Adviser with the Scottish Government ends in December.
Professor Glover will take leave of absence from the University when she begins the newly created three-year post which is based in Brussels.
Professor Glover said: “Science, engineering and technology are the key to a successful future for Europe and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to champion and work in partnership with world-leading institutions across Europe to help deliver this.”
Paying tribute to Professor Glover, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Scotland continues to make an immense impact on modern society through scientific innovation and Anne has played a key role in developing Scotland’s world-leading position on science. The fact she has been offered such an influential role speaks volumes for her and Scottish science’s achievements in recent years in terms of delivering innovative solutions to problems that affect our world.
“Scotland remains one of the most respected places in the world for scientific research that has a global impact and attracts international investment, and Anne’s drive, determination and enthusiasm have greatly strengthened this proud reputation. Her new role will further enhance Scotland’s position on the scientific world stage. I wish Anne well and look forward to learning about her new venture.”
Professor Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “This is a fantastic appointment not only for Professor Anne Glover but also for the University of Aberdeen. Anne is an outstanding scientist who has achieved a tremendous amount at the University and for Scotland.
“It is a much deserved opportunity for Anne and she will bring a great deal of expertise and experience to this new role in Europe.”
Professor Glover will maintain her links with the University - her lab will continue its research into how organisms respond to stress, in order to understand more about the mechanics of aging diseases, such as dementia.