New chair for NERC Training Advisory Group (TAG)

13 January 2014

Professor Nigel BrownProfessor Nigel Brown OBE, FRSE, CBiol, FSB, CChem, FRSC has been announced as the next chair of the Training Advisory Group for NERC. He succeeded Professor Jane Francis on 9 January 2014.

Of the announcement, NERC chief executive Duncan Wingham said:

"We are very pleased to have Professor Brown join as chair of the Training Advisory Group. His track record of chairing senior bodies, understanding of postgraduate training and experience of the research councils make him well qualified to provide strong guidance to the work of the TAG."

Professor Brown said:

"As a key source of advice to NERC's Executive on postgraduate training matters, TAG is extremely important to ensuring that NERC continues to fund world-class and exciting postgraduate training opportunities. I look forward to helping build on the excellent work it has done so far."

Professor Nigel Brown is currently in active retirement. Nigel has worked in the fields of molecular genetics and microbiology for over 30 years and has published more than 150 scientific papers.

Nigel is former director of science & technology at the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and is an Emeritus Professor of molecular microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, where he was head of the College of Science & Engineering 2008-2011 and senior vice-principal 2011-2012. He is also the president of the Society for General Microbiology, chairs the Board of Directors of The Genome Analysis Centre (TCAG), and is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council.

The next meeting of TAG takes place on 30 January 2014. The position is for one year in the first instance.