Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision making during emergencies.

Role

SAGE is responsible for ensuring that timely and coordinated scientific advice is made available to decision makers to support UK cross-government decisions in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR).

Membership

The membership of SAGE depends on the nature of the emergency. It typically includes experts from within government and leading specialists from the fields of academia and industry.

The group is chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser or a departmental Chief Scientific Adviser.

Meetings

Zika outbreak, 2016

In 2016, a Precautionary SAGE (Pre-SAGE) was activated to advise on the Zika virus outbreak. A Pre-SAGE can form to look at emerging hazards and assess risks when COBR has not been activated.

Nepal earthquake, 2015

In 2015 SAGE was activated to advise on the Nepal earthquake.

Ebola outbreak, 2014

In 2014 SAGE was activated in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Winter flooding, 2013

In 2013 SAGE was activated in response to the winter flooding event between December 2013 and March 2014.

Japan nuclear incident, 2011

In 2011 SAGE was activated to advise on the Fukushima nuclear emergency.

See the National Archives website for minutes

Volcanic Ash emergency, 2010

In 2010 SAGE was activated following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

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Swine Flu pandemic, 2009

In 2009 SAGE was activated to provide scientific advice on the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic between May 2009 and January 2010.

See the National Archives website for minutes

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