The Saltire Society Announce Fletcher Award for Science
Prof. Jason Leitch
On Friday 30 October, The Saltire Society announced the fourth of six recipients of the 2020 Fletcher of Saltoun Awards. Professor Jason Leitch was awarded for Contribution to Science. Professor Leitch has demonstrated application of scientific method to a major public health issue, and has done so in a considered, collected and highly communicative manner. His scientific skills have been of enormous public benefit, an in particular his skill in making their scientific knowledge accessible, his calmness and leadership in a time of crisis and his evident deep understanding of both scientific and public issues. His contribution to the application of science in a critically difficult time has been a model of excellence.
Sarah Mason, Director of the Saltire Society, said:
Jason Leitch has been a steady voice in a time of uncertainty, his calm and clear approach to disseminating information while being understanding to the general public’s worries has been admirable..
We are delighted to have this opportunity recognise Jason Leitch’s work with the 2020 Fletcher of Saltoun Award for Science.
I can’t believe there is much good news inside a global pandemic but what a wonderful honour and privilege you’ve given me. […] It is a great honour to accept this award on behalf frankly not just me but my broader family but also all of those who have cared for people who have been sick […] and everybody who has stepped up to do more than they conventionally would have had to during this really difficult time. So, thank you so much again.