Professor Sir Colin Blakemore was appointed Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the Institute in October 2012. He is a renowned vision scientist and one of Britain’s leading scientists, who speaks and advises on a number of public issues, including chairing the Royal Society’s recent Brain Waves project, reviewing the policy implications of developments in neuroscience, including a report on Neuroscience and the Law. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was a previous head of the Medical Research Council. He has been a Reith Lecturer and given the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. He has been honoured by many countries, including India and China, and has ten honorary degrees. Sir Colin was the Principal Investigator on the 'Rethinking the Senses' project. This £2million grant was awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Science in Culture programme. In 2021 Sir Colin was awarded an Emeritus Professorship at the Institute of Philosophy.