Most government departments have a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to provide scientific advice.
Departmental CSAs work together under the leadership of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to support each other and to resolve cross departmental problems.
They do this primarily through the CSA network.
The network advise the Government Chief Scientific Adviser on all aspects of policy on science and technology. In particular, they:
- provide advice to ministers, through the Cabinet committee system
- discuss and facilitate implementation of policy on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- identify and share good practice in STEM-related areas, including the use of scientific advice in policy making
- facilitate communication on particular high profile STEM-related issues and those posing new challenges for government
|Government Chief Scientific Adviser||Sir Patrick Vallance|
|Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy||Professor John Loughhead CB|
|Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport||Professor Tom Rodden|
|Department for Education||Osama Rahman|
|Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||Professor Gideon Henderson|
|Department for International Development||Professor Charlotte Watts|
|Department for International Trade||Dr Mike Short CBE|
|Department for Transport||Professor Phil Blythe|
|Department for Work and Pensions||Trevor Huddleston|
|Department of Health and Social Care||Professor Chris Whitty|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||Professor Carole Mundell|
|Her Majesty’s Treasury||Philip Duffy|
|Home Office||Professor John Aston|
|Ministry of Defence||Professor Dame Angela McLean|
|Ministry of Defence (Nuclear)||Professor Robin Grimes FRS FREng|
|Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government||Professor Alan Penn|
|Ministry of Justice||Adrian Richards (interim CSA)|
|National Security||Professor Anthony Finkelstein|
|Food Standards Agency||Professor Robin May|
|Health and Safety Executive||Professor Andrew Curran|
|Met Office||Professor Stephen Belcher|
|Northern Ireland Executive||Vacant|
|Scottish government||Professor Sheila Rowan MBE|
|Welsh government||Professor Peter Halligan|
Alternative arrangements for the provision of scientific advice are in place for departments which currently have no CSA.