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A series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald.
What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn't — expected of them?
For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, timeout and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.
This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to 'life', what tips do they wish they'd been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?
The next in this series of conversations will be with Professor Dame Anne Glover — President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a molecular biologist who has studied how we respond to stress at the molecular level.
Anne Glover is a molecular biologist who has studied how we respond to stress at the molecular level. She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012–2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006–2011). She has been an effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is a trustee of many charities and has a particular interest in how knowledge can be used to transform lives in Africa. She is President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and took up office in April 2018. She is currently Special Adviser to the Principal at University of Strathclyde.
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This talk will be broadcast live as a Zoom webinar, so your microphone and camera will be turned off throughout. You may submit questions during the event for the Q&A that follows using the Zoom chat function.