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Leading Women of Scotland

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Dame Lesley Anne Glover

Dame Lesley Anne Glover Vice-Principal External Affairs & Dean for Europe University of Aberdeen Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. Anne is a Scottish biologist and academic. She was Professor of Molecular Biology and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen before being named Vice-Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe. She also served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. Glover’s role as Chief Scientific Adviser included provision of independent expert advice on any aspect of science, technology and innovation as requested by the President of the European Commission. She has also acted as an ambassador for European science, both promoting and communicating the benefits and values of science in Europe. Anne presided over a substantial growth in the role of the Chief Scientific Adviser, from a position with almost no resources, to an influential voice in European science policy. She has consistently emphasised the need for the European Commission’s policies to be firmly based on evidence. Her research interest is in understanding the way diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s physically affect our bodies at a molecular level. 14

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell President Royal Society of Edinburgh Award winning Physicist and Women in STEM advocate. Jocelyn graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Philosophy (physics) in 1965 and obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1969. In July 1967, she detected a bit of “scruff” on her chart-recorder papers that tracked across the sky with the stars. She found that the signal was pulsing with a rate of about one pulse per second. The source was identified after several years as a rapidly rotating neutron star. She was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society between 2002 and 2004 and President of the Institute of Physics between 2008 and 2010. In 1999, she was awarded a CBE for services to Astronomy and promoted to Dame (DBE) in 2007. In February 2013, she was selected as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, and in February 2014, she was made President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the first woman to hold that office. She has campaigned to improve the status and number of women in professional and academic posts in the fields of physics and astronomy. 15

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