The Science Council launches competition to identify the UK’s 100 leading and most admired professional scientists

In celebration of the Science Council’s 10th Anniversary in 2013, a competition has been launched with the aim of promoting the wide and diverse range of scientist careers, as well as recognising the ways in which professional scientists contribute to the economy and society. The ‘UK’s 100 leading and most admired professional scientists’ are to be made up of the top 10 nominees in each of the following 10 categories:



  1. Explorer
  2. Investigator
  3. Developer/Translational
  4. Service provider/operational
  5. Monitor/regulator
  6. Entrepreneur
  7. Communicator
  8. Teacher
  9. Business/Marketing
  10. Policy maker

In support of this competition, we encourage members to submit potential nominees in the regulatory category for the Board to consider as nominations on behalf of TOPRA. As the final list will illustrate what it means to be a professional scientist in both the UK economy and society this is a great way of recognising the relevance of the regulatory profession.

In order for nominees to be eligible, they must be currently practicing in regulatory affairs in the UK but can come from any sector of the economy, including self-employment. The Science Council’s ‘Ten Types of Scientist’ and the professional competencies for its registers will provide the framework for assessment of entries for the 100 professional scientists.  Ten scientists will be selected for each of the ten categories and they will go to making up the final list of 100.    

Nominees will be judged overall on their contribution to the practice of science in the UK.  The panel will look at the extent to which they are able to demonstrate leadership and example in at least three of the following areas:

  • The exercise of their professional skills and judgment to the best of their ability
  • Undertaking their professional responsibilities with integrity, serving as an example and leader to others
  • Regard shown to the public interest
  • How they have used their influence to ensure that their personal professional activities, or more generally the activities of their profession, have contributed to increased health and safety in the community
  • They exercise their professional opinion with objectivity and reliability
  • The contribution they have made to advancing their personal knowledge, understanding and competence and that of their profession
  • How they have promoted the interests of and maintained the dignity of their profession through their leadership, volunteering, and mentoring activities.

The top 100 professional scientists will be determined by a judging panel chaired by the Science Council President, Sir Tom Blundell. Additional panel members will be announced shortly. The final list will be at the judge’s discretion.

Please email by 1 September 2013 for your suggestions to be considered by the Board.

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