Professor Maggie Gill

Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen

Maggie has had a 40-year career in agri-food research, split almost evenly between conducting research, managing research programme funding and advising research funders in the UK, New Zealand, European Commission and, for international development, the World Bank and various national and international development departments.

Her original research focused on livestock nutrition (mainly grass-fed sheep and cattle), but over time, those broadened to interests in interactions between agriculture more generally, with the environment and again to food systems and in the last two decades, the interface between science and policy.

She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser on Rural Affairs and the Environment in the Scottish Government and chaired the Scottish Science Advisory Council from 2019 – 2023. She is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen and currently lives in rural Aberdeenshire.