Dr Richard Lerner served as president of The Scripps Research Institute for 25 years until 2012. His research career has spanned diverse areas, from insights into protein and peptide structure to identification of a sleep-inducing lipid. His work showing that antibodies can be used as enzymes permitted the catalysis of chemical reactions once thought impossible to achieve. He has received many accolades, including the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Californian Scientist of the Year.
Lord May of Oxford holds a joint professorship at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. His research played a key role in the development of theoretical ecology, with his techniques applied to the study of disease and biodiversity. He has held a string of influential positions, including: president of The Royal Society; chief scientific advisor to the UK Government; head of the UK Office for Science and Technology; and non-executive director of the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratories. He also has the honour of becoming one of the first fifteen Life Peers and has received many prestigious awards including the Royal Swedish Academy's Crafoord Prize and the Royal Society's Copley Medal.
Dr Federico Mayor Zaragoza is the president of the Culture of Peace Foundation and chair of the World Forum of Civil Society Networks (UBUNTU), where he established the World Campaign for the Reform of International Institutions. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy and has held many prominent faculty positions in the field of biochemistry including being co-founder of the Centre of Molecular Biology in Madrid and chair of the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has also served as director general of UNESCO and minister of education and science.
Dr George C McGavin is an author, lecturer, television presenter and explorer. He is an honorary research associate at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also visiting professor of entomology at the University of Derby. Dr McGavin studied zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. Read an interview with Dr McGavin in The Biologist.
Grace Monger is a dedicated and exceptional biology educator who has spent most of her career in education either teaching biology or helping develop new educational resources for schools. She was seconded to the Nuffield Foundation as a research fellow to carry out an assessment of Nuffield O level biology teaching materials and was then author and general editor for the revised materials. She was made chief examiner for Nuffield A level biology and represented the Association for Science Education on a Royal Society Committee concerned with science education. She has also authored a number of successful biology textbooks including Advanced Biology.
Sir Paul Nurse is a prominent geneticist, president of The Royal Society and chief executive of The Francis Crick Institute. Notably, he jointly won the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle, knowledge of which will benefit most areas of biomedical research and could open up new principles for cancer therapy. He has held many prominent positions, including: president of Rockefeller University; professor of microbiology at Oxford: CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund: and CEO of Cancer Research UK. Sir Paul Nurse speaking at the Royal Society of Biology launch event is available on YouTube.
Dame Bridget Olgilvie is known as both a prominent medical scientist and a leader in the field of science education and public interaction. She is visiting professor at UCL and vice-chair at Sense about Science. She had a research career focused on immune response to parasitic infections at the UK MRC before becoming director of the Wellcome Trust where she helped make the Trust a global leader in the field of public engagement with science.
Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Hon FRSB
Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is internationally recognised for his work on the atomic structure of the ribosome and is also the President of The Royal Society. He has won several awards around the world, notably; in 2009 he jointly won the Nobel Prize for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.
Dr Lisbet Rausing is a historian of science and philanthropist. Dr Rausing has taught at Harvard and Imperial. In 2001 she co-founded the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund, supporting charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment Dr Rausing currently serves on the advisory boards of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the National Library of Israel and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell trained in London as a physiologist and her current research aims to understand the mechanisms of brain disorders such as stroke and haemorrhage and to develop new treatment; it spans molecular and cell biology, animal and clinical studies. She is president and vice-chancellor of The University of Manchester and professor of physiology. She is currently a non-executive director of AstraZeneca and chair of their board science committee. Until recently she was a council member and vice-president of the Royal Society and chair of the Royal Society education committee, and was a council member of BBSRC. She has previously served on the councils of MRC, the Academy of Medical Sciences, CRUK and NESTA, she has been chair of the Wellcome Trust public engagement strategy committee, RDS and president of the British Neuroscience Association. Professor Rothwell was the founding president of the Royal Society of Biology.