Scotland Europa and the Scottish Government EU Office have the great pleasure of inviting you to Scotland House for our annual St Andrew’s Lecture. This year’s lecture will take place on Monday 27 November, from 18:00 to 20:30.
St Andrew’s Day falls on 30 November and marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a celebration of Scotland's reputation as a nation with a rich cultural heritage, capturing Scotland’s warm nature, our diversity and inclusivity. Our lecture is an annual opportunity for us to reflect on Scotland’s place in the EU and the world. This year, the lecture will be delivered by Professor Sheila Rowan MBE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.
Professor Rowan leads the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Gravitational Research, which contributed to the 2017 Nobel Prize-winning discovery of gravitational waves. She was appointed to the role of Chief Scientific Adviser in 2016, and is responsible for providing Scottish Government Ministers with expert advice on science-related issues and for informing policy development to benefit the economy, people and environment. Professor Rowan has researched at both the University of Glasgow and Stanford University, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2011 for her services to science.
A nation with a rich history of science and invention, Scotland is a committed European partner in the fields of research and innovation. In her lecture, entitled Taking forward Scotland’s contribution to European research and innovation, Professor Rowan will reflect on the present and future of Scotland’s relationship with EU research and innovation policy as well as the wider importance of science supporting Scottish and European policy.
Following the lecture, we invite you to join us for a networking reception showcasing the very best of traditional Scottish cuisine and hospitality, as we continue to mark Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.