Martyn Pickersgill

Professor of the Sociology of Science and Medicine


Martyn Pickersgill is a professor in Edinburgh Medical School, where he holds a Personal Chair in the Sociology of Science and Medicine. He conducts research, teaching, and engagement in the social dimensions of biomedicine. In 2018, he co-founded the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society through seed and continuing funding of over £2m from the Wellcome Trust, and is currently Co-Director of the Centre. In 2020, he also became Co-Director of a new £5.3m Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in 'One Health Animal Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society', which brings together expertise from the social and biomedical sciences. Martyn was also a founding Associate Director of the SKAPE Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy. He is part of the Senior Leadership Team for the Usher Institute, and previously served as Director of Research.

Martyn's research has focused in particular on the sociologies of epigenetics, neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology. This has been supported through a range of funders, including the AHRC, ESRC, MRC Leverhulme Trust, Newby Trust, and Wellcome Trust. As PI/Co-PI/Co-I, Martyn has contributed to raising over £17m (US$21m) in external funds. He was awarded the Henry Duncan Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2015, and elected to the UKAcademy of Social Sciences in 2021. Martyn contributes widely to committees and panels nationally and internationally, and has a variety of editorial board roles. He has advised on strategy for various funders, including as a member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network. Martyn is also committed to public engagement of different kinds, and has participated in and co-organised a range of events and activities within and beyond the UK. Alongside involvement in two Cross-Parliamentary Groups, his policy roles include membership of the Scottish Science Advisory Council - the highest level science advisory body in Scotland, providing independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy, and priorities to the Scottish Government.

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