University of Dundee

Three CLS Researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

20 Mar 2013

The 2013 election of new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh has seen the honour bestowed on three academics from the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

The new Fellows from CLS are:

  • Pauline Schaap, Personal Professor of Developmental Signalling
  • Robbie Waugh, Principal Investigator, (College of Life Sciences & The James Hutton Institute)
  • Paul Wyatt, Professor of Drug Discovery

Professor Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy and Vicki Hanson, Professor of Inclusive Technologies (School of Computing) from the University were also made Fellows.

Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University, congratulated the new Fellows, saying, “I am delighted to see five more of our distinguished staff being recognised as new Fellows of Scotland's national academy of science and letters. It is a credit to their individual professional achievements and a source of pride for the whole University.”

Pauline Schaap is Professor of Developmental Signalling at the College of Life Sciences, and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator. Her research focuses on experimental and evolutionary reconstruction of developmental signalling pathways.

Robbie Waugh is Personal Chair of Crop Genomics, an appointment held jointly between the College of Life Sciences and the James Hutton Institute. His research aims to develop and exploit genomics and informatics technologies and resources, in conjunction with traditional skills in genetics and plant breeding, to identify genes underlying both simple and complex traits.

Paul Wyatt is Professor of Drug Discovery and Head of the University’s internationally renowned Drug Discovery Unit. His research is dedicated to the discovery of therapeutics for neglected diseases and the translation of novel biology through small molecule drug discovery.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced 47 new UK and International Fellows to add to its 1500-strong Fellowship. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

The RSE’s mission is the advancement of learning and useful knowledge and since its establishment in 1783 it has made a major contribution to Scottish Society through its Fellows. It is unique in Britain and distinctive internationally in the breadth of its Fellowship, which ranges across the sciences, medicine, engineering, the social sciences, arts, humanities, business and public service. Amongst it’s wide range of activities it provides: independent advice to Government and Parliament; research and enterprise Fellowships; education programmes for young people; and conferences and events aimed at both public engagement and specialists.

Sir John Arbuthnott, RSE President and eminent microbiologist, commented “As the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I am aware that I am a representative of men and women who are outstanding in their intellectual fields and are “standing on the shoulders of giants”. Given this, one of the most important and rewarding tasks of my role is, on behalf of the RSE Council, approving the internationally-recognised candidates who will be admitted as new Fellows to the Society.

“Every year the competition for places is intense and this year is no different, so I am delighted to welcome 47 new Fellows to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

“The RSE prides itself on its international outlook, as well as its recognition of excellence in Scotland, so I am particularly pleased to welcome to the Fellowship our three new Honorary Fellows, Sir David Cox, Professor Robert Dijkgraaf and Professor Jean Tirole.”

The new Fellows were announced at the RSE’s Ordinary Meeting on the evening of 19th March. The speaker at this meeting, Professor Michael Barrett, Professor of Biochemical Parasitology, University of Glasgow, was one of the new Fellows being announced. In his lecture on “The Scientific Life of Dr Livingstone”, he outlined key scientific and geographical discoveries made by Livingstone and, in particular, discussed the impact of tropical diseases on Livingstone’s travels in Africa.