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CENSIS Technical Director joins leading advisory body

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1 December 2022

Graham Kerr, CENSIS’s Technical Director, was appointed to the prestigious Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) on 1 December 2022.

The SSAC is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body, providing independent advice on science strategy, policy and priorities to  the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland and to Scottish Ministers. It is a broad-based group, including both practitioners and users of scientific innovation.

The other new members and associated members appointed alongside Graham Kerr are:

  • Professor Louise Horsfall (University of Edinburgh – biotechnology)
  • Professor Martyn Pickersgill (University of Edinburgh – sociology of science and medicine)
  • Professor Bruce Whitelaw (Director of the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh – animal biotechnology)
  • Professor Melanie Simms (Dean of Research, University of Glasgow – social sciences)
  • Professor Nicholas Owens (Director, Scottish Association of Marine Science)
  • Dr Catherine Elliott (Director of Research and Partnerships, Cancer Research UK)
  • Professor Lisa Boden (University of Edinburgh – population medicine and veterinary public health)
  • Professor Murray Roberts (University of Edinburgh – marine biology and ecology)
  • Dr Kate Donovan (University of Edinburgh – climate change risk and adaptation)
  • Dr Mariana Garcia Criado (University of Edinburgh – biodiversity conservation) (Associate Member)
  • Dr Connor Blair (University of Glasgow – cardiovascular health) (Associate Member)

Commenting on the new appointments, SSAC Chair Professor Maggie Gill said: “Our new members and associates bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the SSAC, putting us in a strong position to provide expert science advice across a broad range of areas, adding value to the Scottish Government’s work.”