Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science, Imperial College London
Dame Julia Higgins is Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at Imperial College and a former Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society.
She was the first Chair of the Steering Committee of the Athena project, a UK wide government funded activity to improve recruitment, retention and advancement of women in academic posts in Science Technology and Medicine. From 2008 to 2012 she chaired the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) and was Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2003 to 2007. In 1999, Dame Julia was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She was president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2002-03, and president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science from 2003–04. Between 2017 and 2019 she has been President of the Institute of Physics
She is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Royal Society of Chemistry. She is an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of Somerville College, Oxford. She was awarded a CBE in 1996 before being named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She is also a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. She holds honorary degrees from a number of Universities in the UK as well as from Melbourne University in Australia She is a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.