Ray Perman appointed chairman of scientific research institute in Scotland

Former WWF Scotland chairman Ray Perman has been appointed chairman of the new scientific institute to be formed when the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and Macaulay Land Use Research Institute combine in April 2011.

Ray Perman new chairman. Image: SCRI
Ray Perman new chairman. Image: SCRI

Perman was appointed to the role by the chairman of the governing boards of the two institutes. SCRI governing board chairman Peter Berry said: "I look forward to working with Ray over the next year to establish the world-class new institute, which is our vision for this merger of two great Scottish scientific institutions."

Macaulay governing board chairman Michael Gibson added:"I am very proud that Macaulay is going to be a founding partner in what will be one of Europe's foremost scientific institutes and that it will be based here in Scotland."

Perman said: "These two institutes already have international reputations for the quality of the work they do. By coming together they are recognising that the problems the world faces demand cross-disciplinary solutions.

"The new organisation will have a tremendous amount to contribute to Scotland and the world and I feel privileged to be asked to play a small part in its formation."

In October 2009, the SCRI and Macaulay announced that they had agreed in principal to unite and form a new institute which would be the first in Europe to carry out research into food, land use and climate change.

The organisations are now looking for a scientist to be chief executive officer for the new institute.


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