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Leading Women of Scotland

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Dr Susie Mitchell

Dr Susie Mitchell Programme Director Glasgow City of Science Cancer Research Specialist and Science Advocate. Susie graduated with a BSc Hons in Cell and Molecular Biology and came to Glasgow 20 years ago to complete a PhD in cancer research at the Beatson Institute. In her final year she won the Institute’s John Paul Award for Research Excellence for her work on the Evi-1 proto-oncogene. She spent 5 years managing R&D within the NHS in Glasgow and was a public health policymaker at Glasgow City Council. While there, she co-authored a measure aimed at promoting health, equality and human rights in public policy-making; it was published by WHO and rolled out within the NHS in Scotland. Susie then managed equality and inclusion for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Her current focus at Glasgow City of Science is to drive economic growth and social well-being through collaborative science and innovation programmes. She is also passionate about seeing more women establishing and retaining careers in STEAM (science, technology, art and design, engineering, maths). She presented the Scots that Changed the World series for the BBC World Service and is a semi-professional session vocalist and songwriter. 12

Dr Hermione Cockburn Scientific Director Dynamic Earth Edinburgh Environmental Scientist and Science Communicator. Hermione is a geomorphologist and science communicator who is passionate about science education and inspiring people with stories about the Earth. She did her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, researching landscape evolution in Africa and Antarctica, before taking up a post at the University of Melbourne. She returned to the UK in 2002, and began presenting television programmes for the BBC including What the Ancients Did for Us, Coast and Rough Science. She wrote the book “Fossil Detectives: Discovering Prehistoric Britain” to accompany the BBC2 palaeontology series she presented in 2008. On Radio 4, Hermione has presented documentaries on subjects ranging from lead pollution to lasers and an award-winning series on bacteria. She taught Environmental Science for the Open University for 10 years and was an original presenter on Teachers’ TV. She helped establish the education service at Dynamic Earth, the UK’s only science centre dedicated to telling the story of our planet and has recently returned to take up the role of Scientific Director. 13

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