In December the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) appointed Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE as the first female Chairperson of its Independent Scientific Panel (SISP).
The SISP was designed to offer independent, scientifically-sound assessments of research and development projects in aquaculture at various stages from application, delivery and evaluation. The panel consists of respected experts from across the globe whose specialisms cover complementary areas, ranging from environmental impact to animal health and nutrition.
With a career spanning more than three decades in the global livestock health and welfare industry, Professor Fitzpatrick will head the committee after joining as a member in 2015. Her new role will focus on steering the direction of SAIC’s research interests.
Heather Jones, Chief Executive of SAIC, added: “Professor Fitzpatrick’s new role as Chair was a natural progression. Her passion for animal welfare and diverse insights into UK funding means she is well placed to take forward our ambitious vision for the SAIC Independent Scientific Panel. Not only will she be responsible for earmarking crucial funding for some pioneering projects, but she will play a key role in the strategic direction of the panel as we look to bolster our team of experienced members.”
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE said: “It’s a great honour to be the first female Chair of such a pioneering organisation. Aquaculture is one of Scotland’s fastest growing sectors and there has never been a more important time to ensure the industry is heading in the right direction. With innovation becoming even more critical to delivering sustainable growth, I’m keen to help build on Scotland’s position as a global leader in driving aquaculture forward.”