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Announcement of New SSAC Member


Scottish Science Advisory Council appoints five new members

Specialists in geoscience, engineering, agri-food and medicine are among five new members of the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC), the expert panel that supports the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland in her work with Scottish Ministers.

Joining the SSAC from 1 January 2019 are:

Dr Caroline Cantley, Executive Director, Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak DBE FRSE, Regius Professor of Medicine and Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor Mark Inall, SAGES Director, Scottish Association for Marine Science

Professor Wayne Powell FLSW FRSE, Principal and Chief Executive, Scotland’s Rural College

Professor John Underhill FRSE, Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University

The new members will serve for three years, until 31 December 2021.

Commenting on the new appointments, SSAC Chair Professor Paul Boyle said:

“I’m delighted that our new members bring a range of knowledge, skills and networks to help our work in advising the Scottish Government. I look forward to working with all of our new members as we continue to offer a broad range of science advice to support Ministers.”

Science Minister Richard Lochhead welcomed the appointments:

“The SSAC plays a vital role in ensuring ministers have access to the very best scientific advice to help inform all policy areas. Members of the SSAC are continuing our great history of science and innovation and I look forward to meeting the new and existing members to discuss how the SSAC can add value to our work.”

The SSAC provides independent advice, through its Chair, to the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland, to inform policy development and delivery across all areas of the Scottish Government’s work.

The SSAC supports the work of the CSA Scotland, Professor Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientist (Health), Professor David Crossman, and the Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Professor Andrew Millar, all of whom are also ex-officio members of the SSAC. 

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