Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence

The School of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to welcome Stephen Roe as our Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence.

Stephen will share his science-based business experience to help colleagues explore applications of their research, develop links between researchers and business, and foster an entrepreneurial culture.

Stephen is a University of Edinburgh physics graduate who has applied his scientific background and business skills to solve a range of complex business problems.

He has worked in a number of industries and sectors including aerospace, computers, medical devices, food and drink, power generation and precision optics, by applying leadership, problem solving and technology management skills to help businesses start and evolve.

The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence scheme aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation. 

Stephen commented:

This appointment funded by the Royal Society is very exciting for me being able to help the University where I graduated in Physics some years ago. It provides me with the opportunity to use my many years’ experience in working with science-based businesses and applying it to help my new colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy. I plan to build on the excellent work my predecessor, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, has done over the past three years. It is an honour to be working with both The Royal Society and the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Jim Dunlop, Head of School of Physics and Astronomy said:

I am extremely pleased to welcome Stephen to the School, as our second Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, following Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (who remains closely involved in the work of the School through her consultancy). Stephen's background is rather different from Lucinda's and I anticipate he will help us to grow and further broaden our knowledge exchange and engagement with industry, building on the Impact we reported in REF2021.