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12.09.2016

Graeme Cook appointed as new Director for the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Cook as the new Director for the Centre of Knowledge Exchange and Impact (CKEI) with effect from 12th of September 2016.

Graeme will head the new Centre and provide leadership and coordination of knowledge exchange for the Scottish Government funded interdisciplinary Strategic Research Programme. This Programme delivers world leading research on agri-food and environmental sciences. The new Centre will help to ensure that Scotland gets best value from science and technology being developed in Scotland, enabling scientific outputs to maximise positive economic, societal and environmental impacts for Scotland and beyond.

Graeme will join the CKEI from his current role as Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Scottish Parliament. Graeme has worked in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) since 2000, initially briefing MSPs and parliamentary committees on subject specialisms including environment, climate change, energy and sustainable development. Graeme has been joint office head in SPICe since 2009, with lead responsibility for a team including rural affairs, health and Europe, and more recently has the Parliament’s work on improving links with academia. Graeme sat on the Parliament’s Public Engagement Group, and Environment and Sustainability Strategy Board. Graeme sits on the governing board of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He sat on the Scotland Committee of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO, and in 2015 carried out a mission with the Swiss Government, assessing the sustainability and structure of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia’s fledgling Parliamentary Research and Information Service.  Prior to the Parliament, Graeme worked for a fuel poverty charity and the Community Service Volunteers, and volunteered at the Princes Trust.

Graeme Cook said,

At a time when there are so many local, national and global challenges to respond to, I am excited to lead the new Centre. I will look to build on the excellent work undertaken by Scotland’s world-leading institutes delivering research on natural systems, environmental sciences, food, agriculture and resilience. The opportunity to work with them to ensure their research is of optimal value, and contributes effectively to wider society is exciting, and I am looking forward to getting started.” 

The Strategic Research Programme (SRP) is one of the largest interdisciplinary research programmes on Agriculture, Food and the Environment in the UK. Funded by the Scottish Government the SRP brings together multidisciplinary scientific and knowledge exchange expertise from six world renowned research institutes: The James Hutton Institute, Moredun Research Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland. The Programme will be tackling some of the major issues and challenges faced at a global scale. These include: options for land use and management of our finite resources, sustainable food production, food and water security, combating infectious diseases, improving human nutrition, enhancing health and wellbeing, mitigating against and dealing with a changing climate and building resilient rural communities.

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute and  chair of the Director’s Executive Committee representing the participating organisations said,

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Cook to this new and exciting position. Graeme comes with a wealth of experience in knowledge exchange from his previous work at The Scottish Parliament and we really look forward to working with him on the communication and impacts of new research and technology arising from the Strategic Research Programme."