Speakers

Professor Dame Anne Glover FRS FRSE FRSA

Anne has a BSc in Biochemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Cambridge, UK. She has pursued a distinguished career in scientific research at Aberdeen University and has also translated some of her research into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up.

In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers. Anne has promoted the communication of science and has appeared on BBC and international television and many global radio programmes. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences.

Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen.  Amongst other external activities, she Chairs the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and is a Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International.

Professor Glover became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Science in the UK and Europe in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.

 

Dr Charlotte McCarroll

 

Dr Charlotte McCarroll is a cardiovascular research associate at the University of Glasgow.  She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2008.  Upon qualifying she undertook a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Liverpool where she developed an interest in research.  She was then accepted on a BBSRC funded Masters and PhD programme to encourage vets into research back at the University of Glasgow.  She now works as a cardiovascular research associate at the University of Glasgow.  She is currently researching targets to improve cardiac function following myocardial infarction and ischaemia/reperfusion injury.  In addition to her research interests, Charlotte is an advocate for equality and diversity in STEM.

 

Professor Peter Kind

 

Professor Kind is Director of the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Intellectual Disability and Professor of Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. He is also Director of the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain and Associate Director at the Centre for Brain Development and Repair (CBDR) at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Instem), Bangalore, India. Professor Kind completed his postdoctoral training with Professor Colin Blakemore at Oxford University and Professor Susan Hockfield at Yale University. Professor Kind received his PhD from Oxford University in 1993.

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Cross Party Support

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Full Scottish Cross-Party Unity for March for Science 

 

In a cross-party show of unity, all of the main political parties in Scotland have today (Monday 17 April) lent their support to a citizen-led campaign to celebrate, promote and defend science.

 

The ‘March for Science’ initiative, organised by scientists and ordinary members of the public from across Scotland, will culminate in a march and rally in Edinburgh on Saturday 22 April.

Organised by volunteers, in Scotland the March for Science aims to:

  • Celebrate and promote science, and its diversity, as part of everyday culture to everybody;
  • Show why funding for science is important and to highlight how this is currently under threat;
  • Show support for evidence-based policy and academic freedom.

 

A spokesperson for the March for Science in Scotland said:

“It’s fantastic to have the support of every one of the main political parties for this important initiative to celebrate, promote, and defend science. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. We’re looking forward to seeing both scientists and non-scientists from right across Scotland march for science in Edinburgh on Saturday 22 April.”

 

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney said:

“As the birthplace of the enlightenment Scotland has a special role to play in supporting and valuing our science community. Our scientists make a huge contribution to our national life through our universities, the part they play in our economy and in informing our national debates.  It is hugely important that we continue to value the contribution science makes to our society, to encourage our young people to consider science as a career and to protect the place of science in the modern world.”

 

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson said:

“We must do all we can to promote science in Scotland. From investing in STEM subjects, encouraging more people to explore science as a potential career, or ensuring that fact and weight of evidence play a full part in public and political life – all of us have a responsibility to bang the drum. That’s why the March for Science is so important and why I’m happy to give it my support.”

 

Leader of Scottish Labour Kezia Dugdale said:

“I’m supporting the March for Science because there has never been a more important time to get science at the top of the political agenda. Whether it’s evidence based policy or more support for STEM subjects in our schools, science should be running through the debates in Holyrood and embedded like DNA in government policy.”

 

Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie said:

“The cause of evidence-led policy on issues from climate change to public health has never been more urgent, or more under threat. As the Trump administration rips up business regulations and environmental protection in the US we need a movement of rational voices like never before. I’m delighted to offer my support to the March for Science.”

 

Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie said:

“I’m supporting the March for Science because science is the path to better future for our children. Leaving a green and sustainable life for our children must be the priority of any Government and that can only be achieved when we listen to the science and act appropriately.”