Elected: 2015
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Marcel Jaspars
Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen
Professor Marcel Jaspars first joined the University of Aberdeen in 1995. His research focuses on the discovery of potential medicines from marine and desert organisms and collaborates with scientists from all continents in an international research group. This work has been spun out as a start-up company to discover medicines for complex diseases. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Marcel provides scientific advice to the UK, EU and UN for global policy processes on ocean conservation via reports, papers and taking part in discussion meetings. More recently he has been involved in providing a definition of digital sequence information, a topic being discussed under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
As RSE VP International, Marcel leads on the establishment of links with African Academies and joint programmes including a reciprocal mentoring scheme.