Prof. Craig Franklin elected SEB Vice-President

31 Aug 2017 - By: SEB

Prof. Craig Franklin elected SEB Vice-President

Craig E. Franklin

The SEB is delighted to announce that Professor Craig Franklin (University of Queensland, Australia) has been elected to the position of SEB Vice–President. Professor Franklin officially took over the role at the SEB Annual Meeting in July.

The acting Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Professor Franklin is a comparative ecophysiologist whose research focuses on the physiological responses of ectothermic vertebrates to changing environmental conditions including assessing and predicting the impact of human-induced environmental change. 

The former Animal Section chair, whose 8 year tenure oversaw the creation of the Conservation Physiology interest group and subsequent launch of the Conservation Physiology journal, said the Society had a responsibility to promote the benefits of scientific research. 

“It is important that we engage with the general public and emphasise, with examples, the importance of fundamental research,” said Professor Franklin.

“As researchers we need to demonstrate the value of scientific discovery and how it can lead to innovation, applications and provide benefits to humankind and to the health of our planet.” 

An active member for over 25 years, the new Vice-President highlighted diversity of membership as an important strength of the SEB.

“The success of the SEB comes from the community created by its members,” he said.

“This community is strengthened as a consequence of our disciplinary breadth (animal, plant, cell and education) and diverse membership.” 

The former SEB President’s Medallist, who will take over as SEB President in 2019, added that he would continue to work on ways to support the Society’s membership base.

“My focus will always be on finding new and better ways to continue supporting our membership, especially our early career researchers.

“I also want to continue to run great scientific meetings, and to provide an encouraging, stimulating and fun environment where we can enjoy our science with our colleagues.”

Professor Franklin will serve as Vice-President for 2 years before moving into the role of SEB President from July 2019. You can read more about Professor Craig Franklin here.

Author: SEB
Category: SEB News