Professor Anne Glover has become something of a cause célèbre since a campaign by NGOs to oust her as CSA to the President of the European Commission hit the headlines and was followed just months later by the apparent abolition of the post.
But Prof. Glover has many supporters, with 100s of leading scientists from around Europe wading in to champion her record and argue the need for the continuation of the role.
Throughout this time Anne has remained silent about the row and not spoken to the media. Now however as she packs her bags to leave Brussels, Anne agreed to come to the SMC to talk to science journalists and reflect on her achievements, disappointments and hopes for the future of scientific advice in Europe.
Prof. Anne Glover, Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen