Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Professor Sheila Rowan CBE

03 Nov 2021
Location: Wolfson Theatre/Zoom webinar
Start time: 18:00
End time: 19:00

Athene Doanld: In Conversation

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, time out 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 Sheila Rowan CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government between 2016 and 2021 (part-time secondment) and President of the Institute of Physics.

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Professor Sheila Rowan CBE

Professor Sheila Rowan holds the Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and since 2009 the position of Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research. She received her BSc and PhD in the field of gravitational wave instrumentation from the University of Glasgow, and subsequently held research positions split between Stanford University and Glasgow before returning full time to a Faculty position in Glasgow in 2003.

She received the Hoyle Medal and Prize of the UK Institute of Physics in 2016 in recognition of her pioneering research on aspects of the technology of gravitational wave observatories, was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of London in 2018 and made a CBE for services to science in the 2021 New Years Honours list. Between 2016 and 2021 she was seconded (part-time) to the post of Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government and from October 2021 is President of the Institute of Physics.


This is a hybrid event, taking place in person in the Wolfson Theatre (subject to the Covid situation/guidelines at that time), but also live-streamed online as a Zoom webinar. Please use the button below to book for either format, you will be asked to specify which ticket you require.

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