Scottish Crucible 2015, the 7th annual leadership and development programme for Scotland's ‘research leaders of the future’ has commenced with a launch event hosted at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Hosted by Professor Alan Miller FRSE, CEO of Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and former Deputy Principal for Research at Heriot-Watt, the Scottish Crucible 2015 launch event featured senior research figures who gave inspiring presentations on key Scottish Crucible themes of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, innovation and leadership.
- Professor Stuart Munro OBE, FRSE, Scientific Director of the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research
- Professor Ian Underwood FRSE, Head of the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, University of Edinburgh
- Professor Sir David Wallace, FRSE, former Director of the Issac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge; Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
- Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE, FRSE, Vice Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Scottish Crucible Director, Dr Ruth Neiland, Heriot-Watt University, said of the event, “Once again Scottish Crucible has succeeded in bringing together a group of highly talented researchers from across the Scottish research base. Launching Scottish Crucible at the Royal Society of Edinburgh demonstrates the ambition and research potential of the programme participants, and builds connections between Scotland’s academy and future research leaders in Scotland."
Scottish Crucible 2015
Scottish Crucible is open to all academic disciplines and over 100 applications were received from researchers based in universities, research institutes and SMEs for the 30 places available in 2015.
From a very competitive applicant pool, the selection panel created a cohort comprising researchers from multiple disciplines including:
- engineering and physical sciences
- mathematics and computing
- biology and medicine
- earth and environmental sciences
- arts and humanities
- social sciences
The selected researchers come from 10 Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland.
Scottish Crucible is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and Universities Scotland.
Each year it is hosted by three different institutions across Scotland to which the Scottish Crucible participants travel to undertake the component 'Labs' (two - day workshops). The host institutions for Scottish Crucible 2015 are the Moredun Research Institute (host of the Edinburgh Lab at the RSE and Scottish Parliament, April 2015), University of Dundee (May 2015) and Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, June 2015).