FCO Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Carole Mundell

Professor Carole Mundell

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Biography

Professor Carole Mundell was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 2018. She is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Her career highlights include:

  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011 to 2016) for the study of black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe
  • FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year (2016)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Board Member and STFC Skills and Engagement Advisory Board Chair (2015)

Carole studied at the University of Glasgow where she gained a BSc in Physics before working at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester, where she completed a PhD in Astrophysics. She later moved to the University of Maryland before joining Liverpool John Moores University, where she received her first professorship in 2007. A world-leading scientist, she is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences. She sits on a number of strategic advisory panels for UK and international groups, is a committed communicator of science, and is an advocate for diversity in science.

FCO Chief Scientific Adviser

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) provides science advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials in support of FCO priorities. Working with the Science and Innovation Network, the FCO Chief Scientific Adviser represents UK science interests internationally, with a particular focus on:

  • leaving the EU
  • demonstrating UK science leadership to tackle global challenges such as patient safety, girls’ education and sustainable use of the oceans
  • applying science diplomacy to strengthen UK bilateral relationships

The FCO Chief Scientific Adviser is also head of profession for FCO scientists and engineers. The Chief Scientific Adviser works closely with the cross-government science community and the wider UK and international academic science community.