As RSE VP International, Marcel Jaspars leads on the establishment of links with African Academies and joint programmes including a reciprocal mentoring scheme. Marcel is Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen. His research focuses on the discovery of potential medicines from marine and desert organisms and collaborates with scientists from all continents in an international research group. Marcel provides scientific advice to the UK, EU and UN for global policy processes on ocean conservation and digital sequence information. He co-authored a study for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the results of which will be presented at COP-15 in Kunming, 2021.