Professor Julian Jones, Deputy Principal (Strategy and Resources) at Heriot-Watt University, has been appointed to a specialist panel that advises the Scottish Government on science issues.
Professor Jones is to join the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) which is a group of 19 experts from the science and business community who provide the Scottish Government with independent advice on a range of science-related topics. These include how best to capitalise on Scotland's world-leading research base to benefit Scotland's economy and its people.
Also a member of the SSAC is Ian Ritchie CBE, who is an Honorary Graduate of Heriot-Watt University and a former chair of the Watt Club. He is non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Casapian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute.
Appointments to the SSAC, which do not receive any remuneration, are made for a three year period renewable for a further two. The appointments were made following a public advertisement and selection was by a panel chaired by Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and Co-Chair of the SSAC. All appointments are made on merit and in order to achieve a balance across a range of scientific interests.