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New leadership appointments in Cell and Molecular Sciences and Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

Prof John Jones and Dr Anke Fischer (c) James Hutton Institute
"John and Anke are highly respected in their own fields and have influential national and international networks"

Professor John Jones and Dr Anke Fischer have been appointed to the leadership of the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences (CMS) group and the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group, respectively.

The CMS group comprises more than 100 plant scientists with research specialisms in cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology.It has a major research focus on the genetic improvement of cereals, potatoes and soft fruit crops with respect to yield and quality, resource use efficiency and pest and disease resistance.

CMS studies processes from the gene and molecular level to field scale, providing knowledge to tackle problems of food security and to develop sustainable production systems against a background of environmental change.

Likewise, SEGS is made up of roughly 40 staff representing the fields of economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology and everything in between. Its mission is to be internationally recognised for the quality, relevance and impact of our social science research connecting land, people and the environment.

The group conducts both free-standing social science and interdisciplinary work as well as transdisciplinary work with a range of stakeholders. Its research topics include sustainability, rural economies, agriculture, culture and social norms, local food, transport, land management, energy, natural resource use, governance and institutions, risk, communities and health.

Professor Colin Campbell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, commented: “John and Anke are highly respected in their own fields and have influential national and international networks.

“I am delighted that the Institute will benefit from their proven scientific leadership skills in these positions.”

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.