Jonathan Fraser

Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews 2017 Cruciblist Jonathan is a lecturer in mathematics at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include: fractal geometry, geometric measure theory, ergodic theory, Fourier analysis, probability theory, and connections with other areas of mathematics. Before moving to St Andrews in

Katherine R Duncan

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Science University of Strathclyde 2017 Cruciblist   Katherine is a Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Lecturer in Drug Discovery. She discovers novel antibiotics and anticancer compounds from the oceans. She has over 12 years’ experience in marine natural products research, spanning 3 countries. Katherine’s

David Childs

University of Glasgow 2017 Cruciblist   David T.D. Childs (M’15) received the B.Sc. degree in Physics, the. M.Sc. degree in Semiconductor Science and Technology from Imperial College, London in 1996 and 1997 respectively. He continued at Imperial where he received his PhD in Properties and applications of 1.3um InAs/GaAs

Hannah Burrows

Centre for Scandinavian Studies University of Aberdeen 2017 Cruciblist Hannah’s main research interests are in the medieval North, particularly Old Norse-Icelandic literature, language, culture, and society. At the moment, Hannah is particularly interested in interactions between law, poetry, and humour, and in Old Norse perceptions of the natural world.

Chiara L Bernardi

Communication Media and Culture University of Stirling 2017 Cruciblist Chiara is a lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary methodologies from the University of Warwick and has spent one year at the EPFL in Switzerland as part of her postdoctoral experience.

Miranda Anderson

College of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Edinburgh 2017 Cruciblist   Miranda Anderson is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and the initiator of the AHRC-funded project, ‘A History of Distributed Cognition’ (HDC). Recently claims have been made in philosophy of mind and cognitive science that

Mhairi Alexander

Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR) University of the West of Scotland 2017 Cruciblist   Dr Mhairi Alexander is a Marine Ecologist and has been in her current role as a Lecturer in Zoology at the University of the West of Scotland since September 2015. She completed

Issie MacPhail

Postdoctoral Researcher University of Highlands & Islands 2017 Cruciblist   Issie is a Postdoctoral Researcher at The UHI Division of Health Research, Rural Health & Wellbeing. She has just completed 3 years work on the AHRC funded Representing Communities project, exploring how one might use creative descriptions and representations

Heidi Burdett

Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology Heriot-Watt University 2017 Cruciblist   Dr Heidi Burdett is a Research Fellow at the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology. Before joining the Lyell Centre, Heidi worked as an Associate Ediator for Nature Microbiology, having previously held

Prof Frederike van Wijck – Scottish Crucible 2009

Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation School of Health and Life Sciences; Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Email: I was fortunate to obtain a place on the very first Scottish Crucible in 2009.  To have an opportunity to interact with a wonderful group of curious, committed and engaged individuals from a wide

Dr Rebecca Wade – Scottish Crucible 2009

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, School of Science Engineering and Technology, Abertay University Email: Twitter: @RebeccaCarrotte I attended the first Scottish Crucible in 2009. I gained a huge amount from the experience and can honestly say that I have continued to be engaged with, and benefit from, the

Dr Jano van Hemert, FRSE – Scottish Crucible 2009

Director of Research, Optos plc Queensferry House, Carnegie Business Campus, Dunfermline KY11 8GR Tel: +44 (0)1383 843300; I direct the research at Optos plc, a Nikon company, founded and based in Dunfermline. My research group pioneers novel medical technology—software and hardware—for diagnostic retinal imaging. We collaborate intensively with

Prof Mirela Delibegovic – Scottish Crucible 2009

Personal Chair, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition  College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen Tel: +44 (0)1224 437 587 I was an inaugural member of the 2009 Scottish Crucible. At that time, I was an RCUK fellow concentrating on my research and desperately trying

Professor Rune Todnem By – Scottish Crucible 2009

Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Staffordshire University, UK Professor II Change Leadership, University of Stavanger, Norway Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Change Management (Routledge) Co-founder & Emeritus Chairman, Public Leadership Foundation, The Netherlands ResearchGate: Tel: +44 (0)1782294161 Simply put, I would not be where I am today without the Scottish Crucible.

Dr Clare Taylor – Scottish Crucible 2010

Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, School Head of Student Experience  School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University Tel: +44 (0)131 455 2235  It is hard to believe that eight years have passed since I applied to take part in Scottish Crucible, but believe me when I say that

Dr Julia Allan – Scottish Crucible 2011

Senior Lecturer Health Psychology, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen.  I am a health psychologist based at the University of Aberdeen with a particular interest in cognitive function and the effortful control of health behaviour. I participated in the Crucible in 2011 while working as a

Dr Colin Moran – Scottish Crucible 2012

Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group  Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling Email:; Twitter: @DrMoran Scottish Crucible is both an intensive and rewarding professional development programme and a network of open minded people. I attended Scottish Crucible in 2012 not long after

Dr Maria Ana Cataluna – Scottish Crucible 2012

Associate Professor, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Tel: +44 (0) 131 451 8326 Let’s go straight to the point: the atmosphere of the Crucible Labs is just simply electrifying. Sparks and possibilities that you had never considered before get

Dr Sandhya Patidar – Scottish Crucible 2013

Lecturer in Statistical Modelling School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University +44 (0) 131 451 4456 I participated in the Scottish Crucible programme in 2013 and it was a highly stimulating experience for me. It provided me with a unique opportunity to meet and engage with

Dr Carol Emslie – Scottish Crucible 2014

Reader / Lead Substance use & misuse research group School of Health & Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University email: Twitter @SubMisuseGcu Selection and participation in Scottish Crucible increased my confidence in myself as a research leader in the alcohol field, and gave me strategies to achieve my existing

Dr Andrea Caporali – Scottish Crucible 2014

Chancellor’s Fellow Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh The Scottish Crucible 2014 has been for me an intellectual and networking hub for keeping up-to-date with science and promoting innovative ideas. A unique scientific environment which allow me to evolve as a PI and to accelerate research progression

Dr Ewan Campbell – Scottish Crucible 2014

Senior Research Fellow Institute of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Aberdeen My participation in Scottish Crucible has really shaped my research in a positive way. I am far more confident in working outwith my area of expertise and am excited by such collaborations. Funding agencies, stakeholders and

Dr Marisa Wilson – Scottish Crucible 2015

Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer, School of GeoSciences, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 4634,   Email: I am a Chancellor’s Fellow in Human Geography at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, and Research associate in Human Geography at the University of the West

Dr Blesson Varghese – Scottish Crucible 2015

Lecturer in Computer Science Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology, Queens University Belfast Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5431 The Scottish Crucible was an incredible experience that boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to the wealth of opportunities in pursuing multi-disciplinary research. Since attending Scottish Crucible while

Dr Duncan Sproul – Scottish Crucible 2015

CRUK Career Development Fellow MRC Human Genetics Unit and Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre University of Edinburgh e-mail:                                                        WWW: I took part in the Scottish Crucible in 2015. At that point, I had just been awarded money to start my own research laboratory at the MRC Human Genetics

Dr King Han Aaron Lau – Scottish Crucible 2015

Lecturer, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry  Laboratory for Bioinspired Interfacial Materials, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2162 The Scottish Crucible has certainly been an enriching experience while starting out as an early career academic/scientist. It quickly provided me a professional network

Dr Flora Gröning – Scottish Crucible 2015

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen Tel: 01224 437473| | @Flora_Groening I participated in the Scottish Crucible programme shortly after I had started my first permanent position, a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen. It was therefore at a time

Dr Dimitrios Gerogiorgis – Scottish Crucible 2015

Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Materials and Processes Research Institute, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh Tel: +44 (0)131 651 7072 After attending Scottish Crucible, I was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship to work with Molson Coors on a project that aims to rigorously optimise high-quality beer

Dr Erik Gauger- Scottish Crucible 2015

Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Government Research Fellow, Assistant Professor, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Tel: +44 (0)131451 3345,, Participating in the 2015 Scottish Crucible has been a truly enriching and inspiring experience. Following the Crucible, I was part of a team being award funding for

Dr Chris Cummins – Scottish Crucible 2015

Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh Tel: +44 (0)131 650 6858 For me, the Scottish Crucible programme was both a fascinating opportunity to engage with fellow researchers across a wide range of disciplines, and a valuable step in