Chief Scientific Advisers

Every government department has a chief scientific adviser (CSA).

Departmental CSAs work together under the leadership of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to support each other and to address and advise on cross-cutting issues. They do this primarily through the Chief Scientific Advisers network.


The network advise the Government Chief Scientific Adviser on all aspects of policy on science and technology. In particular, they:

  • provide advice to ministers, through the Cabinet committee system
  • discuss and facilitate implementation of policy on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • identify and share good practice in STEM-related areas, including the use of scientific advice in policy making
  • facilitate communication on particular high profile STEM-related issues and those posing new challenges for government



  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scottish Government