Nicola Stanley-Wall elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh - News & Features
1 March 2018
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall, Features Editor of Microbiologist and recipient of the W H Pierce Memorial Prize has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).
Professor Stanley-Wall is currently Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. Her research is focused on using molecular biology to understand the signalling processes that control multicellular behaviour exhibited by single-celled bacteria.
She’s an enthusiastic advocate of public engagement in science, taking part in local and national events. This has led to her being a past recipient of the RSE’s Beltane Prize for Public Engagement and becoming Academic Lead for Public Engagement for the School.
Professor Stanley-Wall said, “I am delighted and honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I look forward to working with the RSE on projects that impact the development of educational programmes in Scotland.”
New Fellows assist the RSE to provide independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership, inspire and facilitate learning and engage with the general public through inspiring events.
Commenting on the new fellows, current President of the RSE (and recently announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Dundee), Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, said, “Each year we welcome a selection of nominated extraordinary individuals into the Fellowship and this year is no exception. The diverse range of achievements of these individuals will be an asset to the RSE and I am sure they will strengthen the RSE’s standing as a national academy committed to providing public benefit to Scottish society. I also welcome the increasing number of female Fellows to the RSE, something we have focused on improving in past years and part of our wider commitment to diversity.”
The RSE is a leading educational charity which operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE now has around 1600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. The work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.