The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies.
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). The advice provided by SAGE does not represent official government policy.
The membership of SAGE depends on the nature of the emergency but it typically includes leading experts from within government and leading specialists from the fields of academia and industry.
SAGE has been activated to advise on the UK government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Toddbrook reservoir, 2019
In 2019 SAGE was activated in response to the potential breach of Toddbrook reservoir in August.
Zika outbreak, 2016
In 2016, a Precautionary SAGE (Pre-SAGE) was activated to advise on the Zika virus outbreak. A Pre-SAGE can forms 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 UK 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.
Volcanic Ash emergency, 2010
In 2010 SAGE was activated following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.
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.