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RSE recognises the best of talent in Scotland

Posted 03/09/2012

RSE recognises the best of talent in Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is hosted a reception on Monday 3 September for many of the leading researchers and innovators active in Scotland today.

The RSE, Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters, hosted the event to recognise the wide range of activities engaged in by successful recipients of its 2012 Research Awards programme.

Sir John Arbuthnott, the RSE President commented, "The RSE is privileged to be able to select the talented individuals who receive these awards. In these challenging economic times, maintaining the support for these programmes is, in my view, essential to the continued vibrancy of the research community in Scotland and to the future success of the Scottish economy.”

Professor Steve Beaumont added, “I am delighted that we are able to award Scottish Government funded Research Fellowships this year having had a moratorium on them in 2011.”

He continued, “The RSE is also a leader in the field of Enterprise Fellowships, encouraging and enabling researchers to take their products to market. I wish all of the 2012 awardees every success in the coming year and into the future.”

Both Sir John and Professor Beaumont welcomed the support from a range of partners that made the awards possible. These include – BP, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and the European Commission. The RSE also provides awards through the Caledonian Research Fund.

Download a  full list of the 2012 awards with descriptions of the area of research

Sir John Arbuthnott is the President of the RSE, is a microbiologist by profession and is the former Principal of the University of Strathclyde. He also chaired the Greater Glasgow Health Board and was an influential figure in establishing the Society of Biology.

Professor Steve Beaumont is the Research Awards Convener of the RSE and Vice-Principal for Research and Enterprise at the University of Glasgow. His field of interest is nanoelectronics.

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