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Scottish Government Announces New CSA.

Posted 08/06/2016

The Scottish Government has this morning announced the name of the new Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA).

Professor Sheila Rowan, MBE, FRSE, University of Glasgow will start her new post of CSA for Scotland on 13 June 2016.

President of the RSE, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell congratulates Professor Rowan and welcomes the appointment, “The Royal Society of Edinburgh is strongly of the view that expert scientific advice should be available to the Scottish Government when considering policy issues. We therefore welcome the news that Professor Rowan has taken up the crucial Chief Scientific Adviser post and look forward to offering support to her in the future.”

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills commented, “I am delighted to welcome Professor Rowan to the Scottish Government and look forward to working with her as Chief Scientific Adviser.

“The Scottish Government values science and the expert scientific advice provided by our network of specialist science advisers. As CSA, Professor Rowan will help to ensure that science informs the Scottish Government’s work, and advise on the impact that new developments in science may have.”

Professor Rowan is the Director of the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Gravitational Research. The Institute was part of a global effort leading to the discovery of gravitational waves; one of the most significant scientific discoveries of this century. The international team have subsequently been awarded the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

For more on the announcement, see here.

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