As RSE VP International, Marcel leads on the establishment of links with African Academies and joint programmes including a reciprocal mentoring scheme. Marcel is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen. 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.
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.