Sir Adrian Smith has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. The result of a ballot of the Fellowship was confirmed at a meeting of the Society’s Council on 5 May. He will take up the post of President on 30 November 2020. Adrian Smith is a distinguished statistician, for which he was elected a Fellow in 2001. Alongside his outstanding academic record, he has a wealth of experience of working with government and leading word-class research institutes, such as Queen Mary University of London, where he was Principal (1998 - 2008); the University of London, where he was Vice-Chancellor (2012-18); and The Alan Turing Institute (2018 to present). As the Director and Chief Executive of the Turing Institute – the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence – he leads an organisation at the forefront of science that is shaping the future.