Professor Jason Swedlow is one of three CLS scientists to have been honoured by election as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The new Fellows from the College of Life Sciences are Professor Kate Storey, Professor Jason Swedlow and Professor Caroline Wilkinson. David Muir Wood, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Dundee was also elected as a Fellow of the RSE. Each new Fellow of the RSE is recognisedwithin his or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession.

Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University, congratulated the new Fellows, saying, “I am delighted to see these four distinguished scientists being recognised as new Fellows of Scotland’s national academy of science and letters. It is a source of pride for the whole University, and fitting recognition for their considerable professional achievements.”

Iain Gordon, Chief Executive at The James Hutton Institute and a close collaborator with the College of Life Sciences was also elected in this year’s round of new honours

The Dundee contingent are among the 46 new UK and International Fellows joining the RSE’s 1500-strong Fellowship of experts in the Sciences, Arts, Humanities, the Professions, Industry and Commerce. New Fellows are elected after a rigorous four-stage selection process culminating in a ballot of the entire Fellowship.

Once admitted to the RSE, Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society, including the provision of expert policy advice to Government and Parliament, outreach education programmes for young people, and public engagement events including conferences and discussion forums. The central aim of the Society is the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.

Jason Swedlow is currently Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in the College of Life Sciences. He was named ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the 2011 BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) Impact Awards for for his work on the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) – a revolutionary venture into open source software.