Science Medicine and Society Network



Network Director Prof A. David Napier

The UCL Science, Medicine, and Society Network is Directed by David Napier, a medical anthropologist and previous Director of the UCL Medical Anthropology graduate programme and the University College London Centre for Applied Global Citizenship, which applied post-graduate research and training in more than 100 international NGOs, charities, and government agencies, and contributed to major international projects with agencies including the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the European Union. Professor Napier has also published on SMS themes for major media (e.g. Le Monde).

Network Co-ordinator Dr Aarathi Prasad

Previously a molecular geneticist, Aarathi Prasad joined the UCL Science, Medicine and Society Network with eight years experience in science communication and policy, having worked at the House of Commons, in broadcast media, and on European Commission projects as a science advisor to the British Council, where she also developed international research collaborations and policy, and public engagement with science. Dr. Prasad also publishes a blog on SMS  themes for The Huffington Post.

Advisory Board

  • Prof Stephen Caddick, UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise)
  • Prof David Fish, Managing Director of UCLPartners
  • Prof Graham Hart, Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences
  • Prof Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
  • Prof Lord Ajay Kakkar, Chair, UCLPartners
  • Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020Health
  • Prof Tim Mathews, Vice-Dean (Research), UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Prof Alan Penn Dean, UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Prof David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
  • Prof John Tooke, UCL Vice Provost (Health)
  • Dr Chris Tyler, Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Executive Group

Executive Group members of the UCL Science, Medicine, and Society Network are drawn from across all ten UCL faculties. They represent the SMS Network’s diverse communities of interest, meeting once every term to guide its themes, their content, and its diverse and growing collaborations.