Professor of Fisheries Conservation, Michel Kaiser, has been named as a new Fellow by The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The Fellowships recognise great thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with organisations in Scotland. Fellows include names from sport, the arts, business, public service and academia who can provide informed insights in response to issues facing Scotland.
Formerly Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor Kaiser works at the scientific interface between fisheries and conservation and advises global seafood industries, retailers, eNGOs and Government agencies on sustainable fisheries management. He was elected in recognition of his research focusing on the responsible use of marine resources that supports local fishing communities while minimising Co2 emissions and the impact on marine environments.
Professor Kaiser said: “It is an honour to join The Royal Society of Edinburgh as one of the 2023 Fellows and I am looking forward to working with them on driving positive change in people’s lives and society in Scotland.”
Professor Steve McLaughlin, Deputy Principal of Research and Impact at Heriot-Watt, said: “I am delighted that Michel has been elected into the RSE.
“As Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt, Michel represented the University in high-level discussions with government officials, policymakers and funders, and led initiatives that amplified research excellence in sustainable fisheries and the blue economy. This Fellowship is another well-deserved recognition for the significant contribution Michel makes to driving science and knowledge on both a national and international scale.”
Professor Kaiser joins 90 other Fellows in this year’s intake, which also includes Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, who competed in women’s rowing for Team GB at five consecutive Olympic Games, and world-record-holding cyclist Mark Beaumont BEM.