Professor Jim Murray Elected SEB Vice-President

20 May 2019 - By: SEB

Professor Jim Murray Elected SEB Vice-President

Jim Murray

The Society for Experimental Biology is delighted to announce that Professor Jim Murray (Cardiff University, UK) has been elected to the role of SEB Vice-President.

Head of Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, Professor Murray has been a member of the SEB for over 20 years and has spent over 10 of those years as the Convenor of the Cell Cycles Special Interest Group in the Cell Biology Section.

“It is a great honour and responsibility to be elected as Vice-President of SEB, with its long history of supporting biological sciences in the UK. I look forward to contributing to its ongoing development, and playing a small part in seeking to ensure an equally successful future,” said Professor Murray.

An Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Botany since 2014, Professor Murray said he hoped to help guide the Society through a changing publishing environment.

“Scientific Societies face unprecedented challenges from changes to the scientific research landscape, particularly around journal publishing”, he said.

“I am sure there is work required to ensure that the SEB remains on a sound financial footing whilst protecting the aspects of its work that are so important to nurturing experimental approaches to biology. The SEB needs to ensure it is covering all the relevant scientific ground and to continue to develop its international reach and focus.”

Having had over 30 PhD students graduate from his lab and worked with over 40 post doctoral researchers, Professor Murray highlighted the benefits of SEB membership for scientists at all career stages.

“For early career scientists, SEB offers the opportunity to link with their peer group, particularly through conferences. Often SEB meetings are the start for PhD students and postdocs in building their all-important career networks, and offer the chance to meet other scientists in a friendly and interactive environment.

“For established scientists, SEB meetings provide a highly respected platform to present their work, and the opportunity to host sessions that foster and develop new and emerging areas of science.”

You can read more about Professor Jim Murray’s research here.

Professor Murray will officially begin his post as Vice-President at the conclusion of SEB Annual Meeting in Seville this July.

Author: SEB
Category: SEB News