Dr Melanie Britton becomes first female chair the Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance of the Ampere Society

Dr Melanie Britton, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, has recently been appointed as Chair of the Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance of the Ampere Society. It is the first time in the society's history that a woman has held this position.

The purpose of the Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance is to advance their subject by means of the International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy, which is held every two years across the world, as well as through symposia, summer schools and workshops.

The Ampere Society is the largest organisation in Europe dedicated to promoting Magnetic Resonance in physics, chemistry and related fields. The society was formed in France in 1951 but works throughout Europe, with members from all over the world.

Dr Britton's research focuses on interface between chemistry, chemical engineering and physics. She has 15 years experience of developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experiments to probe chemistry and flow in complex systems and has published over 30 articles and book chapters in this area.

Reflecting on her appointment, Dr Britton said: "I am proud to have been appointed Chair of the Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance. Women are under-represented at all levels of science and I hope my leadership will encourage more young girls and women to pursue a career in science."