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New SAMS President

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) today elected Professor Sir John Arbuthnott as its new President at the organisation’s 90th Annual General Meeting. Sir John, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and current Chairman of the Greater Glasgow NHS Board, accepted his election, stating:

“I am delighted to be invited to act as President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science. The Association has a proud history and is recognised as one of the main centresin Europe. Marine Science is of huge significance to Scotland in many ways, including research, education, specialist advice and sustainable development. I look forward to working with our staff and numerous stakeholders in Scotland and across the world to reinforce SAMS’ position as a centre of excellence in this key area of environmental bioscience."

SAMS Director Professor Graham Shimmield warmly welcomed Sir John to the presidency:

“Sir John’s appointment to the Presidency of SAMS Council marks an auspicious development in a period of significant change for the Association. His knowledge of biochemistry, leading roles in academia and public service, and continuing involvement in academic learned societies, means that SAMS is fortunate indeed to receive his services. During his term of office, SAMS will consolidate its relationship with the NERC, SHEFC and the Scottish Executive. I have no doubt that Sir John’s leadership will continue to power SAMS to the top rank of marine research institutes in Europe and internationally.”

Professor Shimmield also paid tribute to leaving president Dr Ian Graham-Bryce CBE, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee. Dr Graham-Bryce had led a dynamic Council team during one of the most active periods in the 120 year history of SAMS, including the transfer of responsibility for the NERC-funded programme, overseeing the building of a new laboratory complex, the foundation of subsidiaries, and the take-over of an aquaculture research unit at Ardtoe from the Sea Fish Industry Authority.

“In the name of all the staff at SAMS and SAMSArdtoe I would like to thank Ian for his clear leadership over these past four years. Research delivery in marine science has undergone significant change in the past five years. Through Ian’s presidency we have seen SAMS become a leading marine science research and education organisation. The President and Council have built the solid foundations for the staff and members to continue their work in marine science research and education for the benefit of Scotland and internationally, well into the 21st century.”

Notes for EditorsThe Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) – founded 1884 – is a Scottish charity committed to promoting, delivering and supporting high-quality independent research and education in marine science. SAMS is a Collaborative Centre of the UK Natural Environment Research Council and an Academic Partner in UHI Millennium Institute. For further information see our website

Further informationPlease contact Dr Anuschka Miller at SAMS

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