Professor Zoe Shipton awarded the Fletcher of Saltoun Award for Science

We are delighted to share that Professor Zoe Shipton, our Funder Liaison and Professor of Geological Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, has been awarded the prestigious Fletcher of Saltoun Award for Science by The Saltire Society.

Established in 1988, the award recognises and celebrates entrepreneurs and innovators who have made substantial contributions to the cultural landscape of Scotland. Professor Shipton received several nominations, and the Saltire Society Council was unanimous in their support for the award, highlighting her ‘exceptional contribution’.

Professor Shipton said…

I am delighted to receive this award, and slightly start-struck by the calibre of the other award winners!  I am particularly delighted to see that the nomination mentions that the work I do is part of a team. Achieving the large-scale changes in our energy system and society that are needed to meet (and ideally exceed) our net zero targets requires close collaboration between academia, industry, government and civil society across a very wide range of disciplines. My work has been supported by excellent researchers and colleagues from across science, engineering, social science disciplines and end-users from a wide range of applications. Without this partnership approach I could not have achieved the research and research outcomes honoured in this award, so I consider this as an award for the team”.

Professor Shipton’s research explores the application of geological understanding to engineering the subsurface in geothermal energy, energy storage, and geological carbon storage, collaborating with scientists, engineers, and social scientists. Her collaborative work explores the use of abandoned and flooded coal mines in Scotland for geothermal heat extraction and energy storage, for use in domestic and industrial heating and to also generate jobs and income. She also works on a broad spectrum of topics, including novel engineering technology for deep geothermal energy, perception of risk, and minimising greenhouse gas emissions from geological engineering.

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Professor Shipton for this well-deserved award!

Professor Zoe Shipton and Professor Stuart Monro