Science Council challenges UK’s narrow and old fashioned view of science by releasing a list of the country’s 100 leading practising scientists
A list published by the Science Council is being used to highlight a collective blind spot in the approach of government, media and public to science, which either tends to reference dead people or to regard only academics and researchers as scientists.
Chief executive of the Science Council, Diana Garnham, said: “It is vital that this narrow vision is challenged urgently because it is inhibiting education policy, the career ambitions of young people and investment in developing the skills we need to deliver a world class economy.”
Dr Garnham added: “Science is like an orchestra. It takes many instruments working together to produce a fine performance. At the moment, almost exclusively, it is the virtuosity of the soloists being addressed and praised. Of course, they are essential to science and should be valued accordingly. However, we must, at the same time, recognise and encourage the many other types of contributory scientific talent and experience.”
To identify its list of 100 the Science Council organised a competition around 10 different ‘types’ of scientist roles. The list of 100 has 10 different examples of each of the 10 types and gives a broad picture of the many different ways people work with science, making valuable contributions across UK society and the economy.
After seeing the list David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said: "This list helpfully challenges the perception that there is only one kind of scientist and highlights the different types of skills and challenges a career in science involves. If we want more people to enter a career in science we need to show that the scientific community is not some exclusive club but people with a wide variety of vocations and interests who have rewarding careers and are making a significant contribution to the wealth and well-being of the UK."
The list is a rich and diverse landscape of examples that includes scientists working to research and develop our future knowledge, others teaching and mentoring future scientists, some who shape policy and campaign on science based issues, those who communicate about science and explain complex scientific issues; others who are successful entrepreneurs and business managers, scientists who ensure the safe and legal application of science services and products as well as scientists delivering services and analysis that supports almost every aspect of modern life.
Each type of role in science draws on a different mix of skills, knowledge and expertise. For example, the Explorer scientists are often identified with a specific discipline or area of research, are single-minded and creative and bring fresh ideas or ways of working to their subject; the Policy scientist combines their scientific knowledge with an understanding of the policy landscape and the ability to communicate effectively with policy-makers and interest groups. The Investigator scientist is likely to be working in a multi-disciplinary environment in HE or a research centre, whereas the Business scientist may be using their science at Executive Board level in a commercial setting or managing a risk environment in a multi-national company.
Member organisations and other partners were invited to nominate individuals for each of the categories of '10 types of scientist’ identifying individuals who are currently engaged with UK science that other scientists might look to for leadership in their sector or career. The Science Council was seeking to identify individual scientists who illustrated a commitment to the practice of science with integrity, who exercised professional skill and judgement in their work, and also contributed to their profession and the future of their subject through their leadership, for example through development of standards or best practice, supporting their professional body, volunteering or mentoring.
A judging panel was chaired by Science Council President Sir Tom Blundell and included Joanne Hodges, Head of Science and Society Team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); Dr David Evans, formerly BIS, Technology Strategy Board and a former trustee of the Science Council; Lady Carolyn Roberts, widow of the Science Council’s founding President, Sir Gareth Roberts; Ben Meghreblian, young scientist and representative from Sense about Science; Katherine Mathieson, Director of Education at the British Science Association; Nick Ross, journalist and broadcaster; and Diana Garnham.
Sir Tom Blundell said: “Most emphatically the list shows that not all scientists wear white coats and that scientists are not only found in universities and research labs: they are literally everywhere in a wide variety of careers and occupations.”
The list of the 100 leading UK practising scientists is available below. Click on one of the 'ten types' to navigate to that category.
Professor Hagan Bayley
Current science role: Professor of Chemical Biology, Oxford University.
Recognised for ground breaking research into the structures and properties of biological molecules, especially proteins, and their relationship to biological evolution and disease as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Biology and Royal Society.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Current science role
: Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford.
Recognised for her discovery of pulsars while completing her PhD at Cambridge University in the late 1960’s and for leadership in the science community including having served as President of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics and as a Fellow and chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s 2012 report ‘Tapping all our talents. Women in STEM: a strategy for Scotland’.
Professor Lee Cronin
Current science role: Regius Chair of Chemistry, Glasgow University.
Recognised for being a young rising star seeking to understand and control self-assembly and self-organisation in chemistry to develop functional molecular and nano-molecular chemical systems and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Dame Kay Davies
Current science role
: Director, MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford.
Recognised for leading researcher into molecular analysis of human genetic disease, particularly the genetic basis of neuromuscular and neurological disorders and co-founded the Oxford Centre of Gene Function, of which she is also the co-Director. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Royal Society, and a Member of the Physiological Society.
Professor Jane Francis
Current science roles: Professor of Palaeoclimatology, University of Leeds and
Director of the British Antarctic Survey.
Recognised for exploratory research into ancient climates particularly of the polar regions and numerous scientific expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, a Fellow of the Geological Society and a former Vice President of the Paleontological Society.
Professor Sir Andre Geim
Current science role
: Regius Professor, University of Manchester.
Recognised for asking original questions, which led to his ground breaking discovery of graphene for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 jointly with Konstantin Novoselov. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the Royal Society.
Professor James Jackson
Current science role: Head of the Department of Earth Science, University of Cambridge.
Recognised for exploring continental tectonic formations in areas of active plate movement such as Africa, Iran and the Aegean. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society from which he has been awarded the President’s Award and the Bigsby Medal for his contribution to geoscience.
Sir Paul Nurse
Current science roles: President of the Royal Society; Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute.
Recognised for being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for his discovery of protein molecules that control the division of cells. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Biology and Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Member of the Physiological Society.
Lord Martin Rees
Current science role
: Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics,
University of Cambridge.
Recognised for his appointment to the position of the Astronomer Royal in 1995 after a career spent at the cutting edge of astrophysics and cosmology research. He is President of the Association for Science Education, Fellow and past-President of Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society.
Current science role: Biochemistry undergraduate, University of Oxford.
Recognised for building a polymerase chain reaction machine in his shed for £250 with items he found at home to compare his and his brother’s DNA.
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Professor Christopher Bishop
Current science roles: Distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research Cambridge and
Professor of Computer Science, University of Edinburgh.
Recognised for developing a thesis on quantum field theory and working on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas. He is a Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Royal Statistical Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers.
Professor Michele Dougherty
Current science role: Professor of Space Science: Imperial College London.
Recognised for her leadership in space science as team leader on the magnetometer instrument aboard the NASA-ESA Cassini Mission to the Saturn System and for her contribution to encourage young women into science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Royal Society.
Professor Uta Frith DBE
Current science role: Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
Recognised for her research on autism spectrum disorders, and being one of the initiators of the study of Asperger's Syndrome in the UK. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society; and Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Sir Alan Fersht
Current science role: Head of Fersht Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.
Recognised for his pioneering research of protein engineering, which he developed as a primary method for analysis of the structure, activity and folding of proteins. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society.
Professor Dame Wendy Hall
Current science role: Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, University of Southampton.
Recognised for being one of the first computer scientists to undertake research in multimedia, hypermedia and the Semantic Web. She is a former President of the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT and is a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology.
Professor John McWhirter
Current science role: Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University, School of Engineering.
Recognised for his experience as an applied mathematician in theoretical physics, electronic engineering and computer sciences. He is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Physicist and Chartered Mathematician. He is a past-President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and a Fellow of the and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
Professor John Pickett
Current science role: Principal Investigator, Chemical Ecology, Rothamsted Research.
Recognised for being a leading authority on volatile natural products that affect the behaviour and development of animals, and act as external signals for plants. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Entomology Society and the Royal Society. He is an Honorary Member of the Associated of Applied Biologists.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Current science role: President of the Society of Biology.
Recognised for her early research identifying mechanisms of energy balance regulation, obesity and cachexia. She is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, a Member of the Physiological Society, Honorary Fellow of the Society of Biology, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Academy of Medical Sciences and co-chairs the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science & Technology.
Professor Dame Janet Thornton
Current science role: Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute.
Recognised for pioneering the use of computers to study protein sequences and structures and was one of the first people to classify these structures and describe them in terms of their component part. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of EMBO life sciences and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.
Dr Ahmer Wadee
Current science role: Reader in Non-linear Mechanics, Imperial College London.
Recognised for his research in the field of nonlinear mechanics of structural stability, primarily involving modelling buckling instabilities in metallic and composite material structures. He is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Mathematician, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Maths & Applications and the Institute of Structural Engineers.
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Current science role: Chief Executive, Chemical Industry Knowledge Transfer Network.
Recognised for having more than 25 years’ experience in the chemistry-using industry spanning Pharmaceuticals, Explosives, Plastics, Chlorine and Paint working in Australia, America, Asia and Europe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a member of its publication, Chemistry World Editorial Board.
Nira Chamberlain CSci CMath
Current science role
: Optimisation Lead, Npower SME Optimisation and Insight.
Recognised for developing mathematical modelling applications for industry. Currently models the strategies of Npower’s main competitors and the subsequent influence on market share through time. He is a Chartered Mathematician and a Chartered Scientist. He is a Fellow and Council member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is an active member, chairing two IMA Younger Mathematicians Conferences.
Professor Paul Collinson
Current science roles: Consultant Chemical Pathologist, St George’s Hospital, London; Adviser, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
Recognised for developing and pioneering the application of rapid serial measurement of markers of cardiac damage to reduce diagnostic time. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal Society of Medicine.
Professor Alistair Fitt
Current science role: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange), Oxford Brookes University.
Recognised for mathematical research on the flow of glass, food and other complex fluids, flow and deformation in human eyes, and betting and gambling. He is a Chartered Mathematician and a Chartered Scientist. He is a Fellow, a Council member and former Vice-President of the Institute of Maths and Applications.
Professor Marie Johnston
Current science role: Emeritus Professor of Health Psychology, University of Aberdeen.
Recognised for research on disability (theory, measurement and intervention) and on behaviour change in health and healthcare contexts. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Health Psychologist. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Academy of Medical Sciences and Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.
Professor Jon Lloyd
Current science roles: Professor of Geomicrobiology, School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester; part-time secondment, National Nuclear Laboratory.
Recognised for research at the interface between biology and geology addressing the mechanisms of microbial redox transformations of iron, and other metals, metalloids and radionuclides in a range of geological and biotechnological contexts. He is a member of the Mineralogical Society, currently serving on their council and was awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society in 2006 for work on the biogeochemistry of radionuclides.
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt
Current science roles: Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Southampton; Chairman and Co-founder, Open Data Institute.
Recognised for his developmental research on open data, artificial intelligence, computer and web science as well as philosophy, psychology and linguistics. He is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society. He is a past-President and Fellow of the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Peter Wells
Current science role: Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University School of Engineering.
Recognised as the originator and developer of instruments for ultrasonic surgery, ultrasonic power measurement and other technological improvements in healthcare. He is a past-President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
Professor Clyde Williams
Current science role: Emeritus Professor of Sport Science, Loughborough University.
Recognised for developing sport science in higher education as the first university Chair in Sport Science at the University of Aberdeen in 1986. He was the founding chairman of the British Association of Sports Sciences (now British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and is an Honorary Fellow of BASES and founding Fellow of the European College of Sports Science.
Professor Andy Young
Current science role
: Professor of Psychology, University of York.
Recognised for his research on face perception, recognition of emotion and pioneered work on theoretical and practical aspects of face recognition. He is a past-President of the Experimental Psychological Society and is the current President of the British Neuropsychological Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society; a Fellow of the British Academy and chaired the Psychology section from 2011-2012.
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Professor Andy Beavis
Current science role: Consultant Medical Physicist and Head of Radiation Physics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Recognised for combining his leadership and management role in service delivery with developing an entirely new way of using virtual simulation technology to enable therapy radiographer trainees to learn and practice their skills safely. He is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Physicist, a member of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Current science roles: Director of Operations Faculty of Science and Director of Technical Development and Modernisation, University of Sheffield. He is the Chairman of the Institute of Science and Technology.
Professor Heather Ann Cubie
Current science roles: Director, Scottish HPV Reference Laboratory, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Professor of Research and Research Management, University of Edinburgh.
Recognised for her research relating to HPV, cervical disease and cancer detection, and worked on validation and quality assurance as a crucial part of clinical HPV testing. She was a founding Director and past-President of the Association of Clinical Scientists (now Association of Clinical Biochemistry), a founder member of the International Papillomavirus Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Dame Julia Slingo
Current science role: Chief Scientist, Meteorological Office.
Recognised for ensuring high quality scientific and technical standards in climate modelling and research as well as her commitment to national and international scientific advisory committees. In 2008 she became the first female President of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Dr Karen Facey
Current science roles: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow University; Non-Executive Director, NHS Health Scotland; Member, Scottish Health Technologies Group; Member, MHRA Committee on Safety of Devices.
Recognised for leadership in healthcare technology and patient wellbeing by establishing the first Scottish National Health Technology Assessment Agency and Interest Group on Patient/Citizen Involvement. She is a Chartered Statistician, a Council member of the Royal Statistical Society, an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Current science role: Honorary Senior Research Associate, Women’s Health, University College London.
Recognised for his expertise in developing, testing and exploiting devices for use in the operating theatre so taking the laboratory to the bedside. He has been an active member of several learned societies including the Association of Clinical Biochemistry, the Society for Endocrinology the Royal College of Pathologists.
Current science role: Project Lead, Sainsbury Laboratory.
Recognised for his laboratory expertise in plant science, using molecular and genetic approaches to study disease resistance in plants. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Current science roles: Public Analyst Services Co-ordinator, Public Analyst Scientific Services; Chair, UK Food Surveillance System Analytical Laboratories Users Forum.
Recognised for her long-standing commitment and leadership to public health in food, water, environment and consumer products. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor Christopher Price
Current science role: Visiting Professor in Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.
Recognised for combining his academic work with consultancies to a number of organisations, UK government departments and advisory groups in the health and diagnostics area. He is a Chartered Chemist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal College of Pathologists, and a past-President of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.
Current science role: Biomedical Scientist Oxford Universities Hospitals NHS Trust.
Recognised for her development of cellular pathology as a primary screener on the cervical cancer screening programme, also as a STEM Ambassador and NHS Healthcare Science Ambassador, and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. She is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Biologist, a member of the Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, and serves on the National Council of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
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Professor Jeni Colbourne
Current science role: Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate.
Recognised for her expertise of safe water and the water industry which has been sought by UK and overseas governments, including chairing the UK Committee of the International Water Association. She is a Chartered Biologist, a member of the Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Professor Sir Gordon Duff
Current science role: Chairman, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
Recognised for his experience in the regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK to ensure they work and are acceptably safe. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Current science role: Director, Regulatory, Science and Health, Food and Drink Federation.
Recognised for her leadership on scientific, technical and regulatory issues in food safety and food policy in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology
Current science role: Chair, Health and Safety Executive; non-executive director, Energy Saving Trust.
Recognised for her expertise and national leadership in health and safety policy. She is a Fellow and the first female President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Current science roles: Non-executive Director, The Coal Authority; Board Member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.
Recognised for her wealth of knowledge and experience in the environmental geo-science regulatory sector. She is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society and the non-Executive Chair of the Society’s Professional Committee. She is also Fellow and past-President of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Dr David Jeffreys
Current science roles: Senior Vice President, Eisai Global Regulatory Council; Chairman, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Regulatory Affairs Committee; Chairman, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Recognised for expertise advising UK and international governments and companies on the regulation of medicines, medical device issues and diagnostics. He is a past-President of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Margaret Patterson
Current science roles: Senior Principal Scientific Officer, Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute; Honorary Reader in the School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University, Belfast.
Recognised for her expert leadership in the regulation of research into high pressure processing of foods and food irradiation. She is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow and current President of the Institute of Food Science & Technology. She is also a past-President of the Society for Applied Microbiology.
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins
Current science roles: President, Royal Society of Medicine; Chair, UK Biobank.
Recognised for expertise and leadership in UK public health and clinical science policy issues. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Catharine Sturgeon
Current science role: Consultant Clinical Scientist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Recognised for developing one of the earliest anti-cancer medicines and her work to encourage optimal use of tumour marker tests now used routinely in the UK and internationally. She is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal College of Pathology and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor William Yule
Current science roles: Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry; Consultant Clinical Psychologist; Founding Director of Child Traumatic Stress Clinic.
Recognised for leadership in advancing research and services in PTSD in children, particularly those affected in the former Yugoslavia. He is a Chartered Psychologist and an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He was previously the chair of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry (now the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and a founder member of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes.
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Professor Shankar Balasubramanian
Current science roles: Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge; Senior Group Leader, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Research Institute.
Recognised for his work in the applications of chemistry to biological and medical sciences and as the principal inventor of the leading next generation DNA sequencing methodology. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society.
Dr Rabinder Buttar
Current science role: President, founder and CEO, ClinTech International.
Recognised for being one of Scotland’s most entrepreneurial young scientists having received awards from Real Business Magazine, Ernst & Young, the Institute of Directors, and the Queen’s award for Enterprise. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research.
Professor Sir Christopher Evans
Current science role: Chairman, Excalibur.
Recognised for being one of Europe’s leading biotechnology entrepreneurs with a proven track record of establishing successful, high quality science companies, 20 of which have been taken public. He is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist and Chartered Chemist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology.
Dr Alan Gibbs
Current science role: Director and Founder of Midland Valley Exploration Ltd.
Recognised for his contribution to understanding, and health and safety in subsurface mapping and cross section techniques through the use of software generation for applied science companies and industry. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Current science role: Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners.
Recognised for founding or co-founding a number of higly successful companies in a wide range of technology sectors from computers to biosciences. He is a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and is a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology.
Professor Andy Hopper
Current science role: Professor of Computer Technology, Head of Department, Cambridge University.
Recognised for co-founding over a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. He is a past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. He is also a Chartered Engineer.
Reverend Ron Lancaster
Current science role: Founder and Pyrotechnician, Kimbolton Fireworks.
Recognised for his extensive research and entrepreneurialism in the fireworks industry, leading to the founding of Kimbolton which remains a family-owned business. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor Alison McConnell
Current science role: Professor of Applied Physiology, Brunel University.
Recognised for inventing the POWERbreathe®, a devise designed to reduce breathlessness in older people, which has subsequently been used by athletes to enhance their performance, and forming a spin-out company to bring her new training device to market. She is a STEM Ambassador, Member of the Physciological Society and Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.
Dr Jonathan Middle
Current science role: Chair, Association for Quality Management in Laboratory Medicine.
Recognised for his leadership in the quality management of clinical services between the public and private sectors, research and the diagnostic industry. He is a STEM Ambassador, a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry and has been actively involved on a number of its committees.
Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley
Current science role: Businesswoman and philanthropist.
Recognised for donating much of her wealth to charity and championing women in science. She founded the software company FI Group where she employed only women until the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 made that illegal. She is a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and was its first female President in 1989-90, a Fellow and the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Chartered Engineer.
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Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Current science role: Chief Executive Officer, Guildford Science Innovation Ltd.
Recognised for communicating the wonders of science to young people across the world. Her ‘Tours of the Universe’ have reached an audience of over 100,000 people including some 60,000 UK school children in the UK and across the world, especially in Africa. She has been a member of Institute of Physics Diversity committee. In 2007 she received the UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement award and was listed amongst the 100 most influential black people in the country in the 2013 UK Power List. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Professor Colin Blakemore
Current science roles: Emeritus Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford; Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, School for Advanced Study, University of London.
Recognised for being a leading voice in raising awareness of the importance of science in public health issue like animal research, GM foods and drug classification. He is a past-President of the Physiological Society, former Chairman of Understanding Animal Research, an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Biology and member of Sense about Science’s Advisory council. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Science.
Dr Hannah Critchlow
Current science role: Content Designer, Editor and Presenter, ‘Neuroscience’ and 'Naked Scientists', Cambridge University.
Recognised for her energy and enthusiasm for communicating complex science issues in an accessible way. She has also featured on BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Cambridgeshire, ABC Australian Radio National and South African stations.
Professor Dame Athene Donald
Current science roles: Professor of Experimental Physics, Robinson College, Cambridge; Project Director, WiSETI; Institute of Physics’ Teaching Biological Physics Project.
Recognised for her public championing of greater representation and progression of women in science through her blogging and media activities. She has served on the Royal Society's Equality and Diversity Advisory Network as well as standing on a number of Cambridge University’s equality and diversity committees. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Royal Society.
Current science role: PhD Student, Chemistry and Engineering, Glasgow University.
Recognised for being a salsa-dancing science communicator and part-time comic. He combines his PhD with touring science festivals including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Manchester and the British Science Festivals, as well as schools and science centres with his self-written show. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dame Bridget Ogilvie
Current science role: Council member of Campaign for Science and Engineering; trustee of Sense about Science; visiting Professor at University College London.
Recognised for her vast experience across academia, campaigning and policy and her lifelong commitment to public engagement in science. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Biology, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Alice Roberts
Current science role: Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham.
Recognised for her ability to communicate science to a wide range of audiences across different media platforms, as a journalist, author and broadcaster. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology. She is President-Elect of the Association for Science Education and will take over from Lord Rees in 2014.
Professor Greg Whyte
Current science role: Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University.
Recognised for raising the public profile of sport science through Comic Relief having trained and coached a number of celebrities in the completion of arduous sporting tasks including fellow Olympian James Cracknell’s run, cycle and swim to Africa and comedian Eddie Izzard’s challenge to run 43 Marathons in 51 days. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.
Dr Heather Williams
Current science roles: Senior Medical Physicist Central Manchester NHS Hospitals Trust; Director, Science Grrl.
Recognised for celebrating and supporting women in science as co-founder and Director of ScienceGrrl. She is a STEM Ambassador and a STEMNET ‘Leading Light’, and was nominated for a STEMNET award in 2012.
Professor Lesley Yellowlees
Current science roles: Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, Edinburgh University; President, Royal Society of Chemistry.
Recognised for being the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and being a public champion for more women in science. She is also Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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Professor Charles Abraham
Current science role: Professor of Behaviour Change, University of Exeter.
Recognised for his instrumental contribution and leadership in promoting the profession of health psychology in the UK through developing the training routes toward Chartered status. Charles is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Health Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society.
Current science role: Training Lead, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.
Recognised for her dedication as chair of the Institute of Biomedical Science's Scottish Training Forum to ensure biomedical scientists receive the best possible training to enable them to provide the highest quality care to the public. Diane is a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
Current science roles: Chairman of the Daphne Jackson Trust; Council member, Economic and Social Research Council.
Recognised for leadership in UK higher education and championing the role of universities in scientific and technological innovation, exploitation and economic regeneration. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Health Psychologist and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Judy Harris
Current science role: Professor of Physiology, University of Bristol.
Recognised for championing higher education teaching as a profession through international collaborative projects and workshops. She serves on the Physiological Society’s Education and Policy Committees, and Council, and is Deputy Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee.
Current science roles: Head of Biology, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge; East of England STEMNET advisory group; Trustee, STEM TEAM Cambridgeshire.
Recognised for his commitment and wide-ranging involvement in supporting science students and science teachers, through his teaching positions and co-ordinating roles for regional and national education committees. He is a committee member for the East Anglia Branch of the Society of Biology and a member of the Society of Biology Education, Training and Policy Committee.
Professor Sir John Holman
Current science role: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of York.
Recognised for his extensive experience as an educational policymaker and was a leading player in many of the major national science curriculum initiatives of the past 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of the Association for Science Education, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, and a member of the Royal Society’s Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.
Dr Becky Parker
Current science role: Founding Director and Head of Physics, Langton Star Centre, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys.
Recognised for her enthusiasm for science teaching which led to her receiving the first Patrick Moore Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society, of which she is a member, in 2012 in recognition of her outstanding work as a teacher of astronomy. She is a member of the Institute of Physics and was formerly the Institute's Head of Education.
Professor Michael Reiss
Current science role: Pro-Director, Research and Development and Professor of Science Education, Institute of Education.
Recognised for his influence as a science education policy maker and academic thinker. He has directed and participated in a number of influential projects that have enhanced understanding of the influences on young people’s decisions to study science. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and Vice President of the British Science Association.
Dr Richard Spencer
Current science role: Biology Subject Leader/Learning Development Stockton Riverside College, Bede Sixth Form.
Recognised for his innovative teaching style which saw him receive the best lesson award from 'O2 Learn' in 2012 and 2013, and come runner-up in the Society of Biology’s inaugural Biology Teacher of the Year in 2013. He is a member of the Society of Biology, a Chartered Biologist and a Chartered Science Teacher.
Dr Peter Wothers
Current science role: Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry, University of Cambridge.
Recognised for his role in helping to bridge the transition between sixth-form and university through his leadership in developing the syllabus for the Chemistry Pre-University qualification. He is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for the International Chemistry Olympiad, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, of which he is a Fellow.
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Dr Simon Campbell
Current science roles: consultant to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, charities and governments.
Recognised for his major contribution to the teams that discovered the drugs Cardura, Norvasc and Viagra. Now a consultant to a number of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, charities and governments. He is a past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Colin Dennis
Current science role: Chairman, English Food and Drink Alliance.
Recognised for his leadership and senior management experience in food research and contribution to the development of food science. He is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow and immediate past-President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Dr Ben Dias
Current science role: Senior Commercial Analyst, Tesco Stores Limited.
Recognised for managing industry-higher education research collaborations and working on predictive consumer mathematics for ‘Big Data’ analysis. He is a Chartered Mathematician, a Chartered Scientist and a STEM Ambassador. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and has been an active member of a number of its committees including past-Chair of the Early Career Mathematicians’ Committee.
Professor Steve Furber
Current science role: Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Manchester.
Recognised as one of the UK's leading computer scientists having lead developments in the design of microprocessing and computation in industry and academia. He is a Fellow and former trustee of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.
Dame Sue Ion
Current science role: Non-executive board member, Health and Safety Laboratory.
Recognised for her high-level leadership in and expertise of the UK nuclear industry. She is a former member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, a Fellow and past-President of the Nuclear Institute, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She is also a Chartered Engineer and former Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Current science role: Chief Technology Officer, Croda.
Recognised for his experience of the interface between academia and industry as an advisory board member for chemistry at several UK universities and a member of the Technology Strategy Board’s Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of its Industry and Technology Division Council.
Current science roles: Chairman of Cancer Research Technology; Trustee and Deputy Chairman, Cancer Research UK.
Recognised for her experience of executive-level leadership and knowledge of industrial drug and R&D science businesses. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr Andrew Mackenzie
Current science role: Chief Executive, BHP Billiton.
Recognised for his high level of science experience combined with significant experience in managing science-based businesses and corporations. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
Current science roles: Board Member, Accenture; Director, Saudi Aramco.
Recognised for leadership of international oil and mining companies such as Shell and Anglo American. He has used his years’ of business expertise to help tackle global health issues, and has been chairman of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria, and a member of the UN Secretary General’s Council on Global Compact. He is a Fellow and past-President of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society and Institute of Petroleum.
Professor Cecil McMurray
Current science role: Managing Director, SciTec Consulting.
Recognised for consultancy work for the European Commission, the World Bank and governments’ Ministries of Agriculture. He played a key role in the UK government’s response to Mad Cow Disease in the 1990s. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
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Professor AbuBakr Bahaj
Current science roles: Chief Scientific Advisor, Southampton City Council; Professor of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton.
Recognised for combining his scientific and technical knowledge with an understanding of local government to inform local policy decisions. He was appointed the UK’s first council appointed chief scientific adviser in 2013. He is a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.
Current science role: Managing Director, Sense about Science.
Recognised for her passion as a social scientist for evidence-based policy making in the public policy arena, most recently through the Sense about Science ‘Ask for Evidence’ campaign.
Professor Dame Sally Davies
Current science role: Chief Medical Officer, National Health Service.
Recognised for being the first female UK government’s principal medical adviser and the professional head of all directors of public health in local government and for championing greater collaboration in medical research across the NHS, charities, research councils and industry. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Pathologists.
Dr Christopher Gibson
Current science roles: Professional Lead for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering and Head of the National School of Healthcare Science.
Recognised for his expertise and leadership in healthcare science ensuring safe, effective and innovative treatment of patients, and educating the next generation of healthcare scientists. He is a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow and the immediate Past-President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Professor Anne Glover
Current science role: Chief Scientific Advisor, European Commission.
Recognised for her wide ranging expertise across many policy fields at the highest levels of government. Has a strong interest in how science can contribute to the progress of the developing world. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Max Headley
Current science role: Professor of Physiology University of Bristol.
Recognised for heavily influencing the science policy landscape, having volunteered his expertise throughout a number of government engagement processes. Currently he is working on the development of guidance supporting the latest version of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012, having heavily influenced the Act itself. Professor Headley is a Member of the Physiological Society and sits on the Council of Understanding Animal Research.
Andrew Miller MP
Current science role: Chair, House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee.
Recognised for leadership in scrutinising Government policy on a wide range of issues across science and science education. He is a former technician and has been the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston since 1997 and will be stepping down in 2015.
Lord Ron Oxburgh
Current science role: President, Carbon Capture & Storage Association.
Recognised as eminent and respected champion of alternative energy sources and the move to a low-carbon economy, and his commitment to the intersection of government and science. He is the President of the Institutions of Measurement and Control, a past-President of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.
Lord David Sainsbury
Current science role: businessman and philanthropist.
Recognised for his charitable and philanthropic activities, the founder of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and former Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury is a champion of high quality technical education and apprenticeships in science. He is the Chancellor of Cambridge University, an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.
Professor Sir Mark Walport
Current science role: Government Chief Scientific Adviser.
Recognised for his national and international leadership on biomedical research and policy issues and is recognised as a world leader in the promotion of biomedical science. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Physicians, and the Royal Society.
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