Professor John Ludden
Professor John Ludden CBE is Bicentennial Research Professor at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, following 13 years as Executive Director of the British Geological Survey. John builds on his numerous science leadership posts in the UK, France and Canada in the Earth and Environmental sector with a focus on resource development. He was the associate director for Earth Sciences at the French National Research Centre (CNRS), worked at the University of Montreal, Columbia University and with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA.
He holds a doctorate in Igneous Petrology from the University of Manchester, UK, is a member of Academia Europaea, Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and past president of the European Geosciences Union and the EuroGeoSurveys organisation. John also holds numerous visiting and honorary professor posts in UK and European Universities. In addition to being a Director of IGS, John serves on and chairs boards in government, academia and industry in the earth science, environment and energy sectors. He was awarded a CBE for services to Geoscience at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016.