Dr Stephen Breslin has joined Glasgow Science Centre as its new Chief Executive Officer. The five star attraction plays a pivotal role in Scotland’s science infrastructure and Stephen is dedicated in driving the Science Centre forward to become a key player in inspiring the scientists and engineers of tomorrow through hands-on engagement.
Professor Jim McDonald, Chairman of Glasgow Science Centre, said:
“I am delighted that Stephen Breslin has joined the Centre as our new Chief Executive Officer. Stephen’s CEO experience of major science, technology and commercialisation organisations will be extremely valuable for GSC as we move forward and continue to promote Scotland's science, education and innovation capability.
“We are thrilled to welcome him at this exciting time in GSC to lead us into the next decade of our success and evolution.”
Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) provides a very effective link between the worlds of academic and commercial science and the general public. Every year 350,000 people visit GSC and there is a flourishing outreach initiative (GSC on Tour) which takes science activities to a further 80,000 individuals in communities and schools from Stranraer to the Hebrides. GSC also delivers an in-house education programme that reaches more than 60,000 school pupils each year.
Dr Robin Hoyle, Director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre said:
“The Management and Staff at GSC are delighted at Stephen’s appointment. His strong experience of developing creative and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning will ensure that GSC will be able to continue to develop its role as a centre of excellence and a hub for science engagement and education across Scotland.
Dr Stephen Breslin said:
“With economic stagnation endemic and youth unemployment at an all-time high, we need our young people to be curious, creative, passionate – able to, and expecting to create their own futures because the jobs they used to be able to walk into simply don’t exist anymore. Igniting an interest in and helping young people discover the pleasure and relevance of maths, science, engineering and technology will be key to helping them develop the skills they need to create, fulfilling and prosperous futures for themselves. Organisations like the Glasgow Science Centre have a critical role to play in this.”
Born in 1968, Stephen went to St Patrick's High school in Coatbridge and graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1989 with a B Eng (Hons) in mechanical engineering. In 1990, Stephen graduated with a MSc in control systems and IT from the University of Sheffield and achieved a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 1997. Stephen has been Chief Executive of London-based educational thinktank, Futurelab since 2008.