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What we do

We ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking.

The role of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser is to advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Who we are

We are an organisation of up to 80 permanent staff and are located in London in the offices of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).


We are responsible for:

  • giving scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, through a programme of projects that reflect the priorities of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser
  • ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government (through advice and projects and by creating and supporting connections between officials and the scientific community)
  • providing the best scientific advice in the case of emergencies, through the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
  • helping the independent Council for Science and Technology provide high level advice to the Prime Minister


From 2014 to 2015, our priorities will be to:

  • increase science, engineering and technology’s contribution to the economy by improving links between industry, academia and government
  • develop the capabilities that are vital to the infrastructure of the UK’s security and resilience

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