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.


We advise the Prime Minister on:

  • sustaining and developing science and technology in the UK
  • supporting international co-operation in science and technology
  • highlighting the importance of science and technology in UK culture
  • improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education
  • using research and scientific advice to develop and improve policy and public services across government
  • how STEM can contribute to the UK economy, the health and quality of life of UK citizens and global sustainable development


From 2016 to 2017, our priorities will be:

  • autonomous vehicles
  • science and technology in capital markets
  • entrepreneurship
  • technology through the lifecourse
  • energy


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

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