About us

The Council for Science and Technology (CST) advises the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues across government. The council is supported by a secretariat in the Government Office for Science.

Who we are

The council is co-chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and an independent chair. The council has 19 further independent members. CST members are not paid, but are reimbursed for travel and subsistence costs while on CST business.

The council meets 4 times a year, in March, June, September and December. Read the meeting summaries.


We advise the Prime Minister on:

  • the opportunities and risks that science, technology and disruptive innovation present; using horizon scanning to highlight issues about:
    • research and science capability
    • innovation and the economy
    • health and quality of life within the UK
    • sustainable development and resilience
  • how science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) can be developed and sustained in the UK; this can be through education and skills, and the promotion of international co-operation
  • what the government’s high-level priorities for science and technology should be


From 2017 to 2018, our priorities will be:

  • entrepreneurship education
  • robotics, automation and artificial intelligence
  • modelling
  • capital markets for science and technology firms
  • technology through the life course
  • Industrial Strategy

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