Professor Julie Williams became Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales in September 2013.
Professor Williams is a leading researcher into Alzheimer’s disease. She is head of the Neurodegeneration section of the Medical Research Council Centre on Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics; and a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust.
She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list 2012 for her contribution to Alzheimer’s disease research.
Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales
The Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales is responsible for:
- promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects
- leading the scientific effort within the Welsh government
- reviewing scientific advice provided to the Welsh government
- engaging with the wider scientific community
- bringing together businesses, the Welsh government and universities for their mutual benefit and to expand our economy
- working with the Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and departmental Chief Scientific Advisers in the UK government
- acting as Head of Profession for science and technology staff in Wales and particularly in the Welsh government