Peter F McGrath
Peter McGrath obtained his BSc (honours) in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow, UK, and followed this with a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1989. His 10-year research career focused on the insect transmission of plant viruses and included postdoctoral positions at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK (now the James Hutton Institute), as well as Purdue University and the University of Arizona in the USA.
Returning to the UK in 1997, he established his own business as a freelance journalist focusing on agricultural, environmental and scientific issues.
He joined TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences - in Trieste Italy, in 2003. From 2006, he began overseeing the implementation of TWAS’s core capacity-building programmes for scientists in developing countries, including South-South fellowships and other exchange schemes, research grants and various prizes.
In 2013 he took over as Coordinator of IAP - the global network of science academies, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP). He also retains his activities within TWAS as Coordinator of the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme, as well as an interest in various aspects of entomology - his original area of scientific training.