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New Scientist appoints first female Editor

New Scientist, the science and technology weekly magazine, has announced the appointment of Emily Wilson as Editor.

New Scientist appoints first female Editor

Emily is currently an Assistant Editor at the Guardian newspaper, with responsibility for global stories including science, environment, health and tech, as well as the organisation's philanthropically-funded editorial projects.

Previously Emily was Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian's Australia operation, based in Sydney, and before that held a number of senior roles across both digital and print at the Guardian in London, including time as Features Editor, Digital Network Editor, and also G1 Editor, with responsibility for the main news section of the paper.

Emily becomes the 11th Editor of New Scientist since its launch in 1956 and the first woman to hold the post. New Scientist Limited is an independent media company established in May 2017 when the title was acquired by a group of investors led by Sir Bernard Gray.

Emily said: “I'm delighted and honoured to be joining the brilliant team at New Scientist. Science and technology have never been more important, and the need to understand what is going on in the world of science becomes ever more central to people’s lives. I think that this represents a huge opportunity for New Scientist, and I can't wait to be part of the next chapter in its story.”

Publishing Director John MacFarlane welcomed Emily to New Scientist. “The role of Editor is pivotal, harnessing the passion, pride, creativity and excitement that already exists in our editorial team. I look forward to working with Emily to produce print and digital media that excite and engage a growing global audience.”

Sir Bernard said: “New Scientist has a long history of success built on producing world class science journalism to a loyal group of subscribers and readers. Our ambition is to add to this loyal and committed readership by reaching out to new, younger and more diverse audiences. We have conducted an extensive international search for a new Editor I am confident that Emily is the right person to lead our editorial efforts in achieving this goal.”

She replaces Sumit Paul-Choudhury who has been appointed to the position of New Scientist’s Strategy Director and is currently on sabbatical while he takes part in the Sloan Fellowship at London Business School.