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Independent Review Panel named

28 July 2021

The membership of the Independent Diversity Review to examine the Academy’s membership processes has been named.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees (Chair)

Lesley Yellowlees is a former Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and former Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has worked on many diversity initiatives, including at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and chaired the first SALI expert panel in Ireland.

Professor Veronica van Heyningen

Veronica van Heyningen is a geneticist and Honorary Professor at UCL. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and chairs their Diversity Committee.

Professor Knut Liestøl

Knut Liestøl is Professor of Informatics at the University of Oslo. He is a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Chair of the Expert Panel for BALANSE – the gender initiative of the Norwegian Research Council

Professor Andrea Pető

Andrea Pető is Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna, Austria, a Research Affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest, and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

The review panel, which has been established to improve the diversity of the Academy’s membership, will engage in a series of consultations, and will conduct a survey before publishing its report and recommendations in December 2021.

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