Averil Macdonald is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading and leads on both Research Impact and on Diversity for SEPnet, the South East Physics Network.
Averil was awarded an OBE in 2015 for contributions to women in science and engaging the public with science. She received the international Bragg Medal and Prize (1999) by the Institute of Physics, London, the accolade of Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science (2007), the Plastics Industry Award for Personal Contribution to the Industry (2007), and Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of York (2010) and Kingston (2015).
Averil is a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, sits on the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement, is a Director of the Cheltenham Festivals and of WISE, the Campaign for Women in Science and Engineering, and sits on the Court of Imperial College. At European level Averil chairs Forum for Physics in Society in the European Physical Society and sits on the EU Helsinki Group for Gender in Research and Innovation advising the EU Commission on gender issues.