About us

What we do

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

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.

Responsibilities

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

Priorities

From 2016 to 2017, our priorities will be:

  • entrepreneurship education
  • robotics, automation and artificial intelligence
  • science and technology in the new government’s programme
  • modelling
  • capital markets for science and technology firms
  • technology through the life course

Achievements

Find out how the Council’s advice has helped inform government policy and decision-making.

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