Aegis Professorship Programme
The Science Partnership Office has initiated a programme for visiting professors in the Faculty of Science, known as Aegis Professors.
‘Aegis’ is an ancient Greek term meaning protection, support or guidance. Our Aegis Professors provide guidance to students and researchers by bringing their up-to-date experience of work into academia. Through lectures, talks and mentorship, they help University colleagues ensure that teaching is relevant to current business needs, and enable them to apply their research expertise to real-world problems. They may also offer support on start-ups and entrepreneurship.
Aegis Professors are appointed for a three-year term on a part-time basis. In return for their valued contributions to academic life, they are given access to University facilities and staff consultation, to help them meet challenges in their own work.
If you would like more information on Aegis Professors, please contact the SPO.
Aegis Professors in the Faculty of Science
For more information about our Aegis Professors and their work with us, please click on the links below.
Andrew Humphris, Honorary Professor of Nanoimaging (School of Physics)
• Expert in nanoscale microscopy and metrology – working with Bristol researchers to look for new applications • Co-founded spin out microscope manufacturing company Infinitesima Ltd, through which he offers student placements and support for grant applications • Supports students through project mentoring and careers talks
John Thompson, Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resources (School of Earth Sciences)
• Consultant in clean technology and sustainability in the global mining and minerals industry • Formerly World Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability at Cornell University, where he continues to be an Adjunct Professor • Established the ‘Earth Science Network’ of external organisations to obtain diverse views of Earth Science challenges and opportunities
Rowena Innocent, Honorary Professor of Technology, Innovation and Equality (cross-Faculty)
• Provides mentoring and advice for staff applying for Fellowships • Chairs the Industrial Advisory Board in our School of Physics • Advises on BSc in Digital Science • With her company, Ultraleap, promotes digital technology for education at the University, supports students on the new MSc in Immersive Technology and offers placements
Michael Cuthbert, Honorary Professor in Quantum Technologies (School of Physics)
• Director of National Quantum Computing Centre and advises on national strategy in quantum technology • Contributes to teaching and mentoring students • Member of Physics Industrial Advisory Board
Albert Klein Tank, Honorary Professor in Climate Science (School of Geographical Sciences)
• Member of the Cabot Institute’s Strategic Advisory Board, helping the Institute decide on strategic priorities • As a climate science expert, advises staff, students and community leaders on how to apply climate change vulnerability data to research and policy • Contributes to research in the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP), a collaboration between the Met Office and eight UK universities to advance the science of weather and climate prediction
Anike Te, Aegis Professor of Engineering Biology (cross-Faculty in Science and Life Sciences)
• Advises and contributes to the development of the South West Synthetic and Engineering Biology Innovation Network • Works with the Bristol Biodesign Institute (BBI) • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bristol Centre for Engineering Biology
Neil Hyatt, Aegis Professor of Deep Time Science and Engineering
• Chief Scientific Adviser to Nuclear Waste Services • Expert on radioactive waste management and disposal, including risk analysis and ethical practice • Supports cross-disciplinary working and industry-academia collaboration, and promotes research impact in this key strategic area for energy and the environment