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The European Union has appointed Scottish microbiologist Anne Glover its first chief scientific advisor, reports ScienceInsider's Jop de Vrieze. Glover will report to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on how to improve the EU's science policy. She has served as the Scottish government's chief science advisor for the past five years, and conducts research on biosensor technology at the University of Aberdeen, de Vrieze adds. Glover recently sat down with ScienceInsider to talk about her new job, saying she decided to take the position in order to raise the profile of science in Europe and ensure that the strong research being done in the EU is noticed. "We need youth to be considering their careers in science and engineering. We need the best possible evidence for policymaking. We need stories of what European science has led to," Glover tells de Vrieze. "Too few people realize what our science spendings deliver: better technologies, improved healthcare, and better policies." In addition, Glover says she is concerned about the role of women in science, and getting Europeans to understand and accept innovative new research and technologies.

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