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Professor Gary Hutchison - Chair

Gary is Dean of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, with responsibility for Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology, Teacher Education and Sports Exercise and Health Sciences. His academic background is in reproductive and developmental toxicity and particle toxicology. He was submitted to the last three UK research assessment exercises and has secured and contributed to large collaborative nanotoxicology studies. Gary is an independent scientific advisor to the UK Government, and is currently a member of UK Committee on Toxicity, FSA Register of Specialists, Scottish Government Chemical Policy Network and expert member for the Office of Product Safety & Standards. He is currently Chair of the Board of Governance for the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and member of the Council of Deans for Education Scotland. As a member of the university senior leadership team, Gary also leads the university environmental sustainability strategy group.

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Dr. David Jenkins

David is an Assistant Professor at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has previously worked at the University of Nottingham where he worked on a variety of Brewing research projects in close collaboration with a number of industrial partners. He also previously worked in Group Technical for SABMiller plc., as a brewing scientist. He has communicated his research at a number of international conferences around the World as well as to key stakeholders within the interested parties. With all these roles he has worked closely with the brewing and distilling industry in trying to understand their research and training requirements.

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David Stevenson

David is Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management and Professor of Cultural Policy and Arts Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. His research concentrates on questions of cultural participation, specifically focusing on relations of power and the production of value within the UK cultural sector. His new book, co-authored with Professor Leila Jancovich, explores the absence of failure within the dominant narratives of publicly funded cultural participation projects and policies. David is an Associate Director of the Centre for Cultural Value and a member of the National Partnership for Culture, which helps to inform and influence cultural policy decisions in Scotland.

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Professor Duncan Hand

Duncan is Professor of Applied Photonics at Heriot-Watt University, where he teaches Physics. He is Director of the £3.6M 4-university Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC).  Since its inception in April 2020, the MDMC has provided direct assistance to 20+ companies.  In addition to this role, he is Principal Investigator of 3 current EPSRC grants with a total funding of £2.5M. Duncan is involved in ERC-funded work on laser-based manufacture of micro-fluidic devices to simulate porous media for application in Carbon Capture and Storage; and is co-Investigator of 4 current EPSRC grants. Duncan also has extensive previous leadership and management experience at Heriot-Watt including Deputy Principal and Executive Dean roles, and he is currently Deputy Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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Professor Jurriaan Hage

Jurriaan is Head of Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, having done his PhD at Leiden University and spending more than 20 years as faculty staff at Utrecht University. His area of expertise is programming languages, and his research focuses on functional programming languages. Jurriaan is now Steering Committee chair of the symposium on Implementation and Applications of Functional Languages (IFL), Steering Committee member of the symposium on Trends in Functional Programming, and of the Haskell Symposium. Formerly he was Steering Committee member of ETAPS, elected member and secretary of the EAPLS and Steering Committee member and chair of the PEPM Symposia.

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Professor Lis Neubeck

Lis is cardiac nurse with over 25 years of experience in a range of cardiac in-patient and out-patient settings. She lived in Australia for 11 years and during that time she undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney, then subsequently a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. She is currently Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular Health at Edinburgh Napier University. Lis is also the National Health Service Research Scotland Cardiovascular Clinical Network Lead. Her own research focuses on innovative solutions to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, identification and management of atrial fibrillation, and use of digital health to improve access to health care. Lis is the current President of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology.

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Professor Liz Grant

Liz is an Assistant Principal of the University of Edinburgh, Professor of Global Health and Development and Director of the University’s Global Health Academy. She leads global health training, and supports health partnerships and advocacy, translating global health research into action. Liz co-directs the university wide Global Compassion Initiative, on the science and practice of compassion. Liz’s research spans planetary health and palliative care in contexts of poverty and conflict – compassion as the value base of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (RCPE) and a member of the Faculty of Public Health. 

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Professor Paul Barron

Paul is Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Edinburgh Napier University. Paul commenced his academic career as a lecturer in Hospitality Management at Glasgow Caledonian University and completed his MSc in HRM. Paul then spent 11 years as Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland, Australia and was awarded his PhD in 2003. His PhD research formed the largest evaluation of international students' educational experiences in Australian universities and is held as a key element of research in the field of hospitality management education. Paul joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, where he gained his Professorship in August 2015 - and he is now Head of the Tourism and Languages Department.

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Professor Raffaella Ocone

Raffaella graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Università di Napoli, Italy, and obtained her MA and PhD from Princeton University, USA. She holds the Chair of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, since 1999 and she is Guest Professor a RUHR Universität, Bochum, Germany. In 2007 she was appointed Cavaliere (Knight) by the President of the Italian Republic. In The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours she was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to engineering, and she was named in the Financial Times top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector in 2019. In 2017 Raffaella became the first “Caroline Herschel Visiting Professor” in Engineering at RUHR Universität, Bochum, Germany in recognition of her work in ethics in engineering. Raffaella’s main area of research is in the field of modelling multiphase reactive systems with emphasis to the development of responsible technologies in the energy arena. She has taken the lead in the teaching of engineering ethics.

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Professor Teresa Fernandes

Teresa has been working in environmental science for the last 20 years. She is currently Director of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES) at Heriot Watt University and leads teams in the three departments of Environment, Health and Food Science. Her research over the last few years has concentrated on addressing fundamental issues relating to the sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems including aquaculture and fisheries, coastal zone management, oil, nanotechnology, and endocrine disrupting materials. She is interested in the integration between socio-economic and natural sciences and in the implementation of legislative instruments, including European Directives. She is an independent scientific expert of the European Commission Scientific Committees and acts as a Risk Assessor.

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