Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott (OBE) graduated from the University of Warwick (BSc and PhD) and then held Post-doctoral Fellowships in the UK and Canada before her appointment as Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Exeter in 1990. Hilary was awarded a Personal Chair in Microbiology in 1999. Her research group works on unravelling the complexities within microbial biofilm communities and has resulted in the publication of over 200 scientific papers in Microbial Ecology and the successful training of 50 PhD students to completion, many of whom have senior academic or senior posts in multi-national businesses. During her 20 years at the University of Exeter Professor Lappin-Scott was Head of Biosciences prior to becoming Dean of the Postgraduate Faculty and her duties included improving all aspects of the postgraduate student experience across all three campuses and establishing a prominent research environment within the newly formed Peninsula Medical School.
Professor Lappin-Scott joined Swansea University in 2010 and is the University lead on Research and Innovation and has a cross cutting role on Strategic Development. Responsibilities within Strategic Development include devising the University Strategic Plans (2012-2017); the Swansea University Employability Academy, undertaking reviews of strategy and activities of various Schools/Colleges and devised the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2015-2020. External Relations roles include interactions with HEFCW, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, Welsh Government, Universities UK (UUK) as well as other key external stakeholders. She leads the University for Research and Innovation, research fund raising, postgraduate research students and all preparations for REF2021 and a member of the Advisory Panel to the Lord Stern Review of REF 2016/2017. She was a 2014 REF panel member and appointed REF2021 Panel Chair and to the Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel for REF and UKRI.
Hilary was elected President of the Society for Microbiology Society (2009-2012) and was President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006-2010). She is a member of the International Board of the American Society of Microbiology. She co-founded the “ISME Journal” with the Nature Publishing Group, internationally acknowledged to be the leading journal in Microbial Ecology. Prof Lappin-Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Society of Biology and the European Academy of Microbiology. Professor Lappin-Scott is a Trustee of The Daphne Jackson Trust, The Alacrity Trust and appointed by Welsh Government as part of the Wales wide participation in improving entrepreneurship and was the Deputy Chair of the Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone.
Hilary was elected Vice President of the prestigious Federation of European Microbiological Society (FEMS) in September 2016, a scientific body which promotes microbiology at a European level. Professor Lappin-Scott is also Swansea University’s lead for the University's Athena SWAN agenda, an elected Board member of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Her recent work on promoting girls in Science and retaining women in STEM careers include her TedTalk MOVE OVER BOYS: Why we need more girls/women in STEM Careers . She works exclusively with UK, Canadian and Australian Universities and Research institutes on best practice on supporting women in STEM and was awarded the prestigious WISE HERO award WISE Hero Award 2016 and was awarded the Womenspire 'STEM/Pioneer' Award 2017.
Hilary was honoured in the 2018 New Year’s Honours and awarded an OBE for her services to Women in Stem and for her work in the Microbiology field.
As Vice-President of FEMS Professor Lappin-Scott recently commented for International Women's Day about the current situation of women in STEM, what can be done to support them and advice for today's early career researchers - read the full article here - International Women's Day with Prof Hilary Lappin-Scott.
More information about Professor Lappin-Scott can be found on her blog at Hilary Lappin-Scott- Disruptive STEMinist, and through the following media outlets Oxford Journals Spotlight, Linkedin, Twitter and Wikipedia
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