European Commission - Press release
Appointment of Chief Scientific Advisor
Brussels, 05 December 2011 – President Barroso has today appointed the Commission's first Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Anne Glover. Professor Glover will provide high-level and independent scientific advice throughout all stages of policy development and delivery. The Chief Scientific Advisor will provide advice directly to the President, and will give regular updates on major scientific and technological developments.
President Barroso said: "I am delighted to appoint Professor Anne Glover to the post of Chief Scientific Advisor. I believe her outstanding background and calibre will bring invaluable expertise to the Commission. She has a strong track record in leading the Scottish Science Advisory Committee which made her the standout candidate for this post."
President Barroso announced his intention to appoint a Chief Scientific Advisor in a speech to the European Parliament on 15 September 2009. President Barroso has personally interviewed a range of candidates for the post. Professor Anne Glover will report directly to the President. Administrative support to the Chief scientific Advisor will be provided by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA).
The functions of the Chief Scientific Advisor will be as follows:
Professor Anne Glover served as Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland from August 2006 to December 2011. Professor Glover holds a Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen, and has honorary positions at the Rowett and Macaulay Institutes. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.