IntroductionProfessor Iain Gillespie has been appointed as the new Director of Science for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
A long-time champion of the concept of the bioeconomy and green growth, Prof Gillespie previously spent ten years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a Head of Division overseeing work on the convergence of biotechnology, nanotechnology and technology, as well as how to meet global challenges through science, technology and innovation.
He now brings this wealth of experience to NERC as their Director of Science, where he will be responsible for implementing and giving real direction to NERC’s new Science Strategy, as well as overseeing NERC’s responsive mode and programme funding. NERC research covers the whole range of environmental sciences, from earth system science, through living with environmental change, to ocean systems and biodiversity.
Prof Gillespie will also maintain his appointment as Visiting Professor at the Innogen Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He will continue working with Innogen particularly, though not exclusively, around how knowledge networking in the bioeconomy can help drive successful green growth, as well as on the strong interactions between environmental change and society.
In commenting on this new opportunity, Prof Gillespie said:
“Environmental science is fundamental to society at large, since it will ultimately shape the world that we all live in. We need to ensure that our future efforts in environmental science are delivered in a way that ensures the continued support of wider society and business, as well as the scientific community. Innogen has been at the core of delivering such a consensus and I foresee the need for even greater convergence between natural and social science in meeting our future aspirations.”
Prof Gillespie holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in International Relations and European Affairs from the University of Kent and an MBA from the Open University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Society of Biology.
Read more on the Innogen website: http://www.innogen.ac.uk/news.php?id=234