The Advisory Panel


It's not just one person who can predict what the science of the future needs. Fortunately we have the assistance of many innovative thinkers in helping shape the course.

The Interdisciplinary Science Advisory Panel

Peter AtkinsProfessor Peter Atkins
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), University of Oxford

Professor Peter Atkins is SmithKline Beecham Fellow and Tutor in Physical Chemisty. He was educated at the University of Leicester, where he read Chemistry. His research was in the field of theoretical chemistry, particularly magnetic resonance and the electromagnetic properties of molecules.

He now spends virtually all his time writing books, which range from college textbooks to books on science (particularly chemistry) for general audiences.

Lord ChorleyThe Lord Chorley
Former President of the Royal Geographical Society

Lord Chorley a member of the Ordnance Survey Advisory Board from 1982 to 1985, and of the Natural Environment Research Council 1988 to 1994. Between 1987 and 1990, he was President of the Royal Geographical Society. He is one of the 92 elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999.


Jack CohenProfessor Jack Cohen
University of Warwick

Jack Cohen is a reproductive biologist who, with Ian Stewart, has written a series of intelligent and accessible books on the nature of science. In particular his 2002 book Evolving the Alien tackles the problems inherent in Astrobiology or Xenoscience in working across disciplinary boundaries.



Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins
University of Oxford

Prof. Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is famous for his work explaining the Neo-Darwinian evolutionary process, particularly in The Selfish Gene. He is currently also in the public eye following his recent book The God Delusion.

Visit Prof Dawkins' homepage.


John EnderbyProfessor Sir John Enderby
The Royal Society

Professor Sir John Enderby was awarded first-class honours in physics at Birkbeck College, London, in 1957 and, after a spell at Sheffield University, was appointed professor and head of physics at Leicester University in 1969.

He has received numerous honours, including the Institute's Guthrie medal and prize, appointment by the University of Chicago as a Distinguished Fellow of the Argonne National Laboratory, honorary awards from Loughborough University and Birkbeck College in London, membership of the Academia Europea and foreign membership of the Royal Holland Academy of Science and Humanities.


Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. Over his life he wrote over 40 books set on the Discworld, a fantasy universe with everyday concerns. Three books in the Science of Discworld series, co-written with Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, explore the attempts made by the Disc's wizards to work out how Roundworld, which is uncannily like the Earth, operates without magic.


Crispin TickellSir Crispin Tickell
Diplomat, Environmentalist and Academic

Sir Crispin Tickell was President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1990 to 1993 and warden of Green College, Oxford between 1990 and 1997, where he appointed George Monbiot and Norman Myers as Visiting Fellows. From 1996 until August of 2006 he was chancellor of the University of Kent. He is currently director of the Policy Foresight Programme of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at the University of Oxford and Chairman Emeritus of the Climate Institute, in Washington DC. He has many interests, including climate change, population issues, conservation of biodiversity and the early history of the Earth.


Peter WilliamsProfessor Sir Peter Williams
Engineering and Technology Board

Sir Peter is currently Chairman of the UK's Engineering and Technology Board and Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory. He was previously Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford (2000-2002), President of the Institute of Physics (2000-2002) and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2002-2003). In 2005 Williams became the fifth chancellor of the University of Leicester. He was also appointed patron for research at Marie Curie Cancer Care. He retired from this position in 2010


Lewis WolpertProfessor Lewis Wolpert
University College London

Prof. Lewis Wolpert is a CBE and fellow of both the Royal Society and King's College London. He is a developmental biologists and his books include principles of development, "Malignant Sadness" and "The Unnatural Nature of Science". Wolpert was also former chairman of the Committee for the Public Understanding of Science. He has offered a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell him a new ethical reason for opposing human reproductive cloning other than safety.

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