About us

We provide expert independent advice on science policy and strategy to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).


We are responsible for:

  • providing expert independent advice to the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Ian Boyd, and ministers
  • helping to guide Defra’s scientific priorities and planning, including long-range planning as well as dealing with immediate risks and opportunities

Who we are

Our chair is Professor Charles Godfray and we have 7 other members. Read more about the experts on the council and our sub groups on our governance page.

We follow the code of practice for scientific advisory committees (CoPSAC).

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