Dr Jemma Gornall

EPSRC Deputy Director for Research Base

Dr Jemma Gornall is Deputy Director for Research Base at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Jemma is responsible for leading the UKRI Exascale Project being delivered by EPSRC. An Exascale supercomputer is a computer capable of performing one billion billion calculations per second. This project seeks to deploy and operate an Exascale supercomputer to ensure continuation of UK scientific research and innovation leadership through the coming decade. Jemma also leads on the UK National Research Facilities portfolio.

Jemma is currently on secondment to EPSRC from the Met Office until January 2025. At the Met Office, Jemma led the Products and Services portfolio which focused on delivery for key customers including:

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Civil Aviation Authority

In previous roles Jemma managed key science partnerships within the Met Office and conducted research into climate impacts on water resources and agriculture.

Before joining Met Office in 2008, Jemma was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Durham and University of Aberdeen measuring and modelling carbon and water fluxes in arctic ecosystems.

Last updated: 26 June 2024

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