The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of seven new Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship holders. Dr Juliet Coates from the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham is one of those seven, appointed for her research on ‘Is there a genetic toolkit for green multicellularity?’

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the scheme is designed for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. Fellowships cover all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The other six newly appointed fellowship holders are working on a wide variety of projects including circuits in the brain, and using laser scanning to measure forest canopies.

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” More information is available from