Two Principal Investigators from the College of Life Sciences have won the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s inaugural prizes, which recognise some of the top research talent in Scotland at both senior and early career levels.
Professor Geoffrey Gadd and Dr. Nicola Stanley-Wall, both of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, are among those who have been awarded these prestigious prizes.
Professor Geoffrey Gadd FRSE, Boyd Baxter Chair of Biology at the University of Dundee, receives the RSE/Sir James Black Prize for his outstanding contribution to the growing field of geomicrobiology. This is one of only three senior Prizes to be awarded each year. His research has significantly advanced understanding in this field, which concerns the roles of microbe and microbial processes in geological and environmental processes. The winner of several international awards and fellowships, Professor Gadd’s research is at the interface of microbiology, geochemistry and mineralogy; and he regularly contributes to outreach activities, meetings and lectures to both the international scientific community and lay audiences.
Each of these three senior Prize Winners will deliver a public lecture in Scotland as part of the RSE events programme and will receive their medals at these events. Details will be publicised on the RSE website when available. Prizes awarded to early career researchers will also be presented at these public lectures.
Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall, lecturer in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, University of Dundee, receives the RSE/Patrick Neil Medal, the early career prize in the field of life sciences, for her outstanding research work, leadership skills and public engagement activities. Dr Stanley-Wall runs a highly successful research group at the university and her work in encouraging young people to take an interest in microbiology has included organising the two-day ‘Magnificent Microbes’ event at the Dundee Science Centre.
Each of the early career Prize Winners is an inaugural member of the RSE Young Academy, established in 2011 to bring together some of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland, with the aim of harnessing their creativity to develop a coherent and influential voice on behalf of the most talented people of their generation.
Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, commented, “It is a pleasure to be able to award these prizes to individuals who have contributed, and continue to contribute, so much to advancing understanding in their respective fields. Their achievements do much to cement Scotland’s place firmly at the cutting-edge of the global research community across a wide area of knowledge. A key role of the RSE is to promote public engagement with science and the arts and humanities. All of this year’s Prize Winners have shown passion and flair for communicating their work to audiences far and wide. I congratulate each of them on their achievements, and on winning this year’s RSE Prizes.”
About the Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s national academy, was founded in 1783 and the Fellowship today includes some of the best intellectual talent in academia, the professions and business. The RSE facilitates public debate, research programmes, educational projects and policy formulation. Its strength is its diversity and impartiality. In fulfilling its Royal Charter for the ‘advancement of learning and useful knowledge’, the RSE seeks to contribute to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Scotland.