8th June 2016 – Professor Sheila Rowan MBE is to be Scotland’s next Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced during a visit to the University of Glasgow.

Mr Swinney and Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville met Professor Rowan at the University’s Institute for Gravitational Research, of which she is Director.

Research carried out by 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, with the international team involved being awarded the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “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.”

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Professor Rowan’s work is a fantastic example of our world-leading science base, and she is a great advocate of its potential to benefit Scotland’s economy, environment and people. I hope that she will also inspire many of our young people to consider a future career in science.”

Professor Rowan said: “This is an exciting time to join the Scottish Government and I am looking forward to working with Ministers and officials to show the added value that science advice can bring to their work. I’m also keen to meet scientists across Scotland so that I can fully appreciate the potential impact of new developments in science, engineering and technology.”

University of Glasgow press release