Professor Richard Catlow named new Royal Society Foreign Secretary
15 July 2016
Professor Richard Catlow has been elected Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society. He will take over from Professor Martyn Poliakoff who will step down in November.
“The relationship between science in the UK and Europe is in a state of flux and so the role of the Foreign Secretary of the Society has never been more important. Science has always been a global undertaking and international collaboration has become the norm. Richard Catlow is well placed to help the Society negotiate this difficult time and build on the strong relationships we have across the world.” Said Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society.
Professor Catlow’s research develops and applies computer models in conjunction with experiment to probe the properties of materials, including their synthesis, structure and properties. By combining computational methods with experiments, he has made considerable contributions to major areas of contemporary materials chemistry and physics, including mineralogy and the study of electronic, energy and catalytic materials.
He said “I am very pleased and honoured to be taking on this new and challenging role. Science is an international endeavour and its of key importance to maintain and extend the international collaborations and interactions of UK science and to ensure that UK science plays its full role on the world stage.”
Professor Catlow currently has a joint appointment between the Department of Chemistry, UCL and the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University. He has collaborated in Europe, the US, India, China, Japan, Cuba, Africa and Australia and has a particular interest in capacity building programmes in Africa.
The post of Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society dates back to 1723 and predates the post of Foreign Secretary in HM Government by sixty years.