Professor Dame Julia Higgins

Professor of Polymer Science


Dame Julia Higgins is Professor of Polymer Science in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at Imperial College and a former Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society.

She first Chair of the Steering Committee of the Athena project, a UK wide government funded activity to improve recruitment, retention and advancement of women in academic posts in Science Technology and Medicine. She from 2008 to 2012 she chaired the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) and was Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2003 to 2007. In 1999, Dame Julia was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She was president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2002-03, and president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science from 2003–04.

She is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Royal Society of Chemistry. She is an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of Somerville College, Oxford. She was awarded a CBE in 1996 before being named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She holds honorary degrees from a number of Universities in the UK as well as from Melbourne University in Australia She is a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States. In 2010, the UKRC announced Dame Julia Higgins as one of six Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Professor Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng is a member of the Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.

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