Measurement Science and Technology appoints David Birch as Editor-in-Chief

15 Dec 2011Bristol, UK

Professor David Birch has today been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of the leading international journal Measurement Science and Technology.

Published by IOP Publishing, Measurement Science and Technology covers new advances in measurement techniques and associated instrumentation.

David Birch is Professor of Photophysics in the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and co-founder of the University’s Centre for Molecular Nanometrology and Femtosecond Research Centre (FRC). He has published over 200 journal papers, mainly on fluorescence lifetimes and has already made an excellent contribution to the journal having already served on the board for 11 years and been the European Regional Editor for the journal.

Outside of academia, Professor Birch is a Director of IBH, the company he co-founded and one of the first physics spin-off companies in Scotland. From its Glasgow manufacturing base the company has grown to be an international leader in fluorescence lifetime systems and is now part of the Horiba Group, one of the world’s largest scientific instrument manufacturers. Other external appointments include in 1999 the Sir C V Raman Endowment Visiting Chair at the University of Madras, in 2000 a Visiting Professorship at Kyoto Institute of Technology and, from 2002, the Visiting Chair of Applied Physics at the Czech Technical University, Prague. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Birch said of his appointment “Measurement Science and Technology has a long pedigree as the home of the highest quality papers from leading researchers wishing to report novel instrumentation and techniques. 2013 will mark the 90th anniversary of MST and we look forward to celebrating in style its sustained success. It is a real pleasure and an honour for me to be taking over as Editor-in-Chief at such an exciting time.”

Professor Birch takes over the role, as of 1 January, 2012, from Professor Peter Hauptmann, who leaves the position after ten years, having done an impressive job in taking the publication forward, increasing its Impact Factor and achieving record levels of submissions.

The outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Professor Hauptmann, said “I have found my task as editor-in-chief fascinating and I have enjoyed it very much. I have learned a lot in this time because I have come into close contact with a large number of scientists from a vast spectrum of technical areas and parts of our world. My special gratitude is dedicated to all the Editorial Board members and I would like to pass on to my successor, Professor Birch, my best wishes for an enjoyable and successful tenure as Editor-in-Chief!”

Professor Birch’s editorial as incoming editor is available to read on IOPscience.