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Professor Joyce Tait

Co-Director, Innogen Institute

0131 650 9174

Innogen Institute
University of Edinburgh
G.36 Old Surgeons’ Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

With an interdisciplinary background, covering both natural and social sciences, Joyce has specialised in innovation-governance-stakeholder interactions in life science and related areas, including cell therapies and regenerative medicine, synthetic biology, GM technologies, drug development, stratified medicine, and biofuels, for example:
- strategic and management decision making in companies and public bodies
- policy analysis, risk assessment and regulation
- stakeholder attitudes, science and risk communication
- evaluation and application of interdisciplinary research
- sustainable development.


2009 Honorary Doctorate, Open University

2006 Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,

2005 CBE for services to social science

2005 Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis,

Recent external appointments

2015 – 2016: Member, US National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Re-programming Non-human Populations using “Gene Drives”: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct of Research

2014  – 2015: Member, ESRC/Research Councils UK Working Group on “Antimicrobial Resistance – Setting the Social Science Agenda” and “Scoping Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance”.

2014 – ongoing: Member, John Innes Centre Science and Impact Advisory Board

2014 – ongoing: Nominated to AcademiaNet, portal for excellent women scientists

2014 – 2015: Member, Regenerative Medicine Expert Group, Regulation and Licensing Subgroup

2013 – 2014: Member, Scottish Science Advisory Council Working Group on Synthetic Biology

2012 – ongoing: Member, Governance Committee, Scottish Funding Council project Industrially generated red blood cells for transfusion

2012 – 2014: Member, TSB Stratified Medicine Public Engagement Oversight Group

2012 – ongoing: Member and Chair of Governance Subgroup, Synthetic Biology Leadership Council, UK Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills

2012 – 2014: Member, Department of Health Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee

2012 – 2015: Adviser to Technology Strategy Board in development of its synthetic biology Responsible Innovation Framework

2012: Participant by invitation in Road-mapping consultations organised by UK Research Councils and Technology Strategy Board on stratified medicine, synthetic biology and regenerative medicine

2012: Membership of an expert group to develop a ‘strategy refresh’ for regenerative medicine in Scotland, Regenerative Medicine Scotland – Collaborate, Innovate, Translate

2010: Member, Discipline Hopping: Engineering and Physical Sciences and Social Sciences prioritisation panel, EPSRC. Nov. and Dec. 2010

2009 – 2012: Member, Advisory Board, BEST Stem Cells Project (Biochemically Equivalent Substitutive Technology), EU FP7 Project, Theme Health

2009 – 2010: Member, UK Food Standards Agency Steering Group on UK GM Dialogue, 2010

2009 – 2011: Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Biofuels – Ethical Issues

2009 – 2011: Member, ALLEA (All European Academies) Working Group on ‘Evaluating for Science’

Joyce Tait’s full CV - 2015 PDF, 183KB

Current research

Completed research