Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Sir Mark Walport

Biography

Sir Mark Walport was appointed Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science in April 2013.

As GCSA Mark is co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST).

His previous career highlights include:

  • Director of the Wellcome Trust
  • Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London
  • member of the India-UK CEO Forum and UK-India Round Table
  • member of the advisory board of Infrastructure UK
  • non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research

Mark received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Government Chief Scientific Adviser

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) is responsible for:

  • providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet
  • advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology
  • ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government
  • leading the science and engineering profession within the Civil Service

Announcements

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  1. Launch of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser's annual report 2014

    • 19 November 2014
    • Speech
  2. Managing risk, not avoiding it

    • 17 October 2014
    • Speech
  3. Ambassadors for evidence

    • 28 August 2014
    • Speech
  4. Internet of things: our future depends on IT

    • 18 August 2014
    • Speech
  5. Climate change communication: success or failure?

    • 18 June 2014
    • Speech
  6. Government must make the case for you to share

    • 30 May 2014
    • Speech
  7. Genomics England and the power of DNA data

    • 8 May 2014
    • Speech
  8. The planet in our hands: responding to climate change

    • 17 March 2014
    • Speech
  9. Farming technologies: challenges and opportunities

    • 13 March 2014
    • Speech
  10. Communicating risk and uncertainty in science

    • 7 February 2014
    • Speech