What good is a Chief Scientific Adviser?

20 October, 2016
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 6pm

Professor Sheila Rowan MBE FRSE was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland in June 2016. This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Sheila also remains Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow, a position she has held since 2009.

Her research is targeted at developing optical materials for use in gravitational wave detectors. Her recent work formed part of the 'Advanced LIGO' gravitational wave observatory upgrades, carried out between 2010 and 2015, that contributed to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of this century: the first detection of gravitational waves announced in February 2016.

This event is being jointly held with the Campaign for Science and Engineering – a leading advocacy group for science and engineering in the UK

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