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Gareth Peters

Dr. Gareth W. Peters is the 'Chair Professor for Risk and Insurance' in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
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Actuarial mathematics, Risk, Insurance Modelling, Spatial Statistics
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Guiseppe Pezzini

Giuseppe Pezzini is a Lecturer in Latin at the University of St Andrews, which he joined in 2016 after research fellowships at Magdalen College Oxford and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
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Latin, Classics, Theatre, Philology, Comedy, Linguistics
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Nicholas Rawlinson

Nick Rawlinson is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Aberdeen. He obtained his PhD from Monash University in 2001 and spent the next 12 years at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, where he carried out both theoretical and field-based studies in seismology
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Geophysics, seismology, inverse theory, earthquakes, plate tectonics, mantle
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Jonathan Rayner

Jonathan was brought up in County Durham and went to Loughborough University where he studied Engineering and Transport Management.
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Aviation, Leadership, Strategy, Commercial, Revenue, Business Development
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Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid is a Reader and Royal Society Industry Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland. He obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2006, developing novel mirror technology for use in gravitational wave detectors – instruments designed to observe the most violent events in our Universe, such as black holes colliding.
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Gravitational waves
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Verena Rieser

Verena Rieser is a assistant professor in the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt University Computer Science department. Trained as a computational linguist, Verena has applied her expertise in machine learning and natural language processing to several areas of artificial intelligence, including spoken dialogue systems, natural language generation, sentiment analysis and computational sustainability. She also works closely with industry in bringing speech technology to the market.
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Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technology, Machine Learning, Computational Sustainability, Impact Acceleration
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Kate Saunders

Kate Saunders is a Lecture in Volcanology in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh as well as a researcher associated with Uppsala University, Sweden. She trained at Victoria, University of Wellington, New Zealand before taking up a NERC Fellowship at the University of Bristol.
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Geology, Volcano, Petrology, Diffusion, Microbeam techniques
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Amanda Seed

Amanda Seed is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. She studies the evolutionary origins of cognition, by conducting experiments with a variety of different species.
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Psychology, Evolution, Primates, Child Development, Outreach
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Daniela Sime

Daniela is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work & Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Trained as a primary school teacher in Romania, Daniela’s research work focuses on the experiences of marginalised groups and issues of social justice, including approaches to tackling child poverty and minimising its impact on children's opportunities; children as service users and their involvement in consultation; multi-agency working; migration and its impact on children and inclusion of ethnic minority groups (especially Roma and Gypsy Travellers).
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Scottish education, child poverty and education, public services, social justice, Eastern European migrant children, Roma migrants
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Ian Simpson

Dr. Ian Simpson is currently Principal Researcher in Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and Principal Investigator in the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.
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Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Genomics, Systems Biology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Informatics, Computer Science
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Valeria Skafida

Valeria Skafida is of Greek-Italian descent, and lived in Sweden during her school-age years. She completed undergraduate studies in Social Anthropology and Social Policy, and was awarded an ESRC-CASE studentship to complete an MSc and PhD in Social Policy, all at the University of Edinburgh.
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social policy, health behaviours, child nutrition, dietary habits
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Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Research for History at the University of Strathclyde, and a member of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare. Drawn to divisive topics in medicine, his research concentrates on mental health, allergy, food and nutrition, child health and environmental medicine.
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History, medicine, ADHD, allergy, nutrition, children
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Stefania Spano

Stefania is Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Aberdeen. She grew up and graduated in Italy, obtaining a PhD in Life Sciences before moving to Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) and then to Aberdeen.
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Bacterial infections, Host-defence, Host-Pathogen interactions, Infectious diseases, Cell Biology, Microbiology
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Scott Spurlock

Scott Spurlock is Head of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. He has researched and taught Scottish and Irish history at several leading universities.
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Religious Studies, Theology, Scottish and Irish History, Religious Cultures, public engagement
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Devi Sridhar

Dr. Devi Sridhar is a Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at Edinburgh University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Her research focuses on global health governance, financing and institutions.
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global health, international institutions, governance, UN, public health, financing
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Adam Stokes

Dr Stokes is a Lecturer in the Institute for Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) and the Institute for Bioengineering (IBioE), at The University of Edinburgh; where he is the PI of the Soft Systems Group. In addition to his role as Programme Director for the MSc in Bioelectronics and Biosensors, he also teaches Digital Systems Design & Computer Architecture.
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Microtechnology
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Sabina Strachan

Sabina is a change consultant and collaboration programme director at www.how2glu.com. She set up glu in 2018 to help people create, transform, grow and sustain innovative partnerships and collaborative learning and workplace cultures.
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partnership, collaboration, culture, heritage, creative economy, strategy, evaluation, funding, enterprise
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Mark Symes

Mark is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Glasgow, specialising in finding sustainable ways to produce fuels and remove pollutants from the environment. As part of his research, Mark co-invented a new type of water electrolyser, which is being spun out from the University of Glasgow.
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Clare Taylor

Clare is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research focusses on understanding and exploiting bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.
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Microbiology, Bacteria, Equality, Science Policy, Public Engagement
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Stephen Thomas

Stephen is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. His research interests are directed towards the development and understanding of sustainable methods for chemical synthesis which are non-toxic and environmentally benign.
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Catalysis, synthetic chemistry, sustainability
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Mhairi Towler

Dr. Mhairi Towler is the founder and Director of Vivomotion (www.vivomotion.co.uk), a multi-award winning animation production company based in Dundee. The company offers a service of bespoke animations for scientific communication as well as training courses on the visual presentation of science.
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Science Communication, Animation, Entrepreneurialism, Sciart, Public Engagement

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Dr. Mhairi Towler is the founder and Director of Vivomotion (www.vivomotion.co.uk), a multi-award winning animation production company based in Dundee. The company offers a service of bespoke animations for scientific communication as well as training courses on the visual presentation of science.

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