An astrophysicist from Edinburgh University is the first woman to be named Astronomer Royal for Scotland.
Prof Catherine Heymans was recommended to the Queen for the role by an international panel, convened by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Prof Heymans said she wanted to use the almost 200-year-old title to encourage people to develop passion for science.
She also wants to promote Scotland internationally as a world-leading centre for science, she said. More