Prof Dame Glover’s academic research focused on many different aspects of microbiology: the soil microbiome, such as the bacteria found in different grasslands; methods for testing bacterial reactions to environmental pollution such as heavy metals; and physiological responses to environmental stress.
But she is perhaps most well-known for her trailblazing career as a scientific adviser. She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland until 2012 when she became the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. While the position changed in 2016 to become the Scientific Advice Mechanism, which includes a group of scientific advisors, her legacy of scientific policy advice remains. She’s now the Special Adviser to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Prof Sir Jim McDonald.
The SfAM Fellowship is only the most recent in a long line of honours and awards for Prof Dame Glover, including Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Arts, the American Society for Microbiology, the Royal Society, and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology. Of course, in 2015, she was also made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, an upgrade of her 2009 appointment as Commander (CBE).
Prof Dame Glover will be awarded the Fellowship Award on December 6th 2021.
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