This year’s cohort includes many who have made a positive impact during the global Covid-19 pandemic: either as a result of their academic research, through their contribution to the arts, or for the role they have played in communicating complex information with the public.

The list includes many leading academics such as Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health and Director of Global Health Governance Programme at Edinburgh University. Professor Sridhar, whose research considers the effectiveness of public health interventions, has become a household name in the last 12 months as a public health expert during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also becoming a Fellow is Louise Macdonald OBE, who has been instrumental in helping to shape Scotland’s future for young people through her work as CEO at Young Scot, and has recently been appointed as National Director of IoD (Institute of Directors) Scotland. She has also co-chaired the Commission’s Public Debate and Participation Working Group and the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls.

Louise Macdonald OBE said:

“I am honoured to have been selected as an RSE Fellow alongside so many remarkable people doing such extraordinary work here in Scotland and around the globe. I look forward to being actively involved in the work of the RSE, and in particular sharing its work and creating new opportunities for collaboration with a wider audience, including diverse young people.”

Read more and see the full list of new RSE Fellows here.