Fellow of the Royal Society


Special advisor and chair of the Eden Project’s science advisory panel, Professor Michael Depledge CBE, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Depledge, whose role at Eden over the last ten years has seen him support, advise and guide the senior Eden Project team, is joining some of the world’s most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists at the Fellowship.

He said: “Over more than 360 years the Society’s many eminent scientists have transformed our understanding of the world. To be included among their ranks as the Society goes forward is both humbling and exciting.”

Rob Chatwin, group CEO of the Eden Project, added: “I know everyone at the Eden Project will join me in offering hearty congratulations to Mike for this incredible and deserved accolade.

“He has achieved much in his time with us and, most recently, he has been fundamental in setting up our science advisory panel which is instrumental in informing Eden Project narratives today and in the future.”

Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, said: “Mike has been a huge friend to Eden as we have developed our strategy for the engagement of science and has chaired our science advisory panel since its inception.

“His wonderful inclusive temperament, gift for friendship and mischievous spirit of enquiry have been a constant inspiration and encouragement for our creative interpretation teams. The influence of his thought can be seen in Eden projects everywhere.”