Professor appointed to national science advisory body



A prominent scientist at Heriot-Watt University has been appointed to Scotland's highest science advisory body.

Professor Julian Jones, Acting Principal at Heriot-Watt University, has today been named as one of six scientists who are set to join the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC).

The SSAC is responsible for providing independent expert analysis to Professor Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, who advises the Scottish Government across all areas of its work.

Professor Jones, said: “I'm very much looking forward to working with my colleagues and using our collective experience and knowledge to help inform the Scottish Government across a range of policy areas.”

The new members will serve for three years, until 30 November 2022.

Commenting on the new appointments, Professor Sheila Rowan, Chief Scientific Adviser said: “The new members have a wealth of science expertise, and this, together with their experience of working with industry and organisations across the UK, will help ensure that the Scottish Government has access to the best scientific advice across a diverse range of policy areas.”

Professor Jones joins Professor John Underhill, Heriot-Watt's Chair of Exploration Geoscience, who was appointed to SSAC last year to cover the energy and geoscience brief.

Joining the SSAC from 1 December 2019 are:

Professor Julian Jones OBE, Vice Principal, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Margaret Gill OBE, Emeritus Professor School of Biology, University of Aberdeen (Chair of SSAC)

Professor Robert Bowman, Head of the School of Maths and Physics, Queen's University, Belfast

Professor Bob Ferrier, Director, Centre of Expertise for Waters, James Hutton Institute

Professor Marian Scott OBE, Professor of Environmental Statistics, University of Glasgow

Professor Aziz Sheikh OBE, Director of the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh