Scottish biologist appointed Europe's first chief scientist

 

Scotland's chief scientific adviser has been appointed to a similar, newly created, post in the European Commission.

Professor Anne Glover's job in Brussels is to "provide high-level and independent scientific advice throughout all stages of policy development and delivery", said a Commission statement.

Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso announced his intention to create such a position two years ago and personally interviewed a range of candidates.

Prof Glover will provide advice directly to the president and in effect raise the profile of science and technology in the formulation of policy.

"I am delighted to appoint Professor Anne Glover to the post of chief scientific adviser. I believe her outstanding background and calibre will bring invaluable expertise to the Commission. She has a strong track record in leading the Scottish Science Advisory Committee which made her the stand-out candidate for this post", said Mr Barroso.

Prof Glover was appointed chief scientific adviser for Scotland in August 2006 with a brief to "further enhance Scotland's reputation as a science nation".

Most of her academic career has been spent at the University of Aberdeen, where she holds a personal chair of molecular and cell biology.

She is also an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council, and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

She was recognised in March 2008 as a "Woman of Outstanding Achievement" by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and was made a CBE for services to environmental science in the Queen's New Year Honours list in 2009.

The brief for her Commission role as chief scientific adviser says she will "provide independent expert advice on any aspect of science, technology and innovation as requested by the president" and "provide analysis and opinion on major policy proposals being submitted to (the Commission) touching upon issues of science, technology and innovation".

She will also "provide authoritative guidance on interpretation of scientific evidence in presence of uncertainty, and will be involved in strategic emergency planning".

She will be an EU science ambassador too, required to "communicate the scientific values on which specific Commission proposals are based in order to enhance public confidence in science and technology, and in general to promote European culture of science and technology widely within Europe and abroad".

The National Farmers' Union hailed the appointment as a positive step by the Commission, which faced vital decisions on food security and climate change.

NFU acting chief scientific adviser Dr Andrea Graham said: "The NFU prides itself on using science and evidence as the basis for our policy-making so we look forward to seeing Professor Glover's influence permeate European policy.

"We are faced with huge global challenges to increase productivity sustainably and solutions from the EU must be underpinned by sound science."

Dr Graham added: "The UK Government's chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, has been an instrumental voice in putting food security back on the political agenda in the UK and we are delighted he will now have an equivalent in Europe."

Prof Glover said: "Science, engineering and technology are the key to a successful future for Europe and I'm delighted to have this opportunity to champion and work in partnership with world-leading institutions across Europe to help deliver this."

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Scotland continues to make an immense impact on modern society through scientific innovation and Anne has played a key role in developing Scotland's world-leading position on science.

"The fact she has been offered such an influential role speaks volumes for her and Scottish science's achievements in recent years in terms of delivering innovative solutions to problems that affect our world.

"Scotland remains one of the most respected places in the world for scientific research that has a global impact and attracts international investment, and Anne's drive, determination and enthusiasm has greatly strengthened this proud reputation.

"Her new role will further enhance Scotland's position on the scientific world stage. I wish Anne well and look forward to learning about her new venture."

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Life and Style
techPatent specifies 'anthropomorphic device' to control media devices
Voices
The PM proposed 'commonsense restrictions' on migrant benefits
voicesAndrew Grice: Prime Minister can talk 'one nation Conservatism' but putting it into action will be tougher
News
Ireland will not find out whether gay couples have won the right to marry until Saturday afternoon
news
News
Kim Jong-un's brother Kim Jong-chol
news
News
Manchester city skyline as seen from Oldham above the streets of terraced houses in North West England on 7 April 2015.
news
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?