FCO Chief Scientific Adviser and MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear)

Professor Robin Grimes


Robin Grimes is currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. His research is focussed on the use of high performance computing techniques to understand the behaviour of materials for energy applications including nuclear fission and fusion, fuel cells, batteries and solar cells. He is also Principal Investigator of the Research Council’s UK Nuclear Fission consortium project.

Professor Grimes has advised the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into nuclear research requirements, and was part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster. He has considerable experience of high-level international work with HMG, including overseas missions to India, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan.

FCO Chief Scientific Adviser

The FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that our work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge and, as Head of Profession for Science and Engineering, to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the Foreign Office. The CSA works closely with the cross-government community of Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider UK and international academic science community.

MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear)

The Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) Nuclear is the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) principal adviser on nuclear science and technology matters. The CSA (Nuclear) reports to the Permanent Secretary, and is a member of the Investment Approvals Committee and Defence Nuclear Executive Board.


MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear) is responsible for:

  • ownership of the MOD’s nuclear science and technology programme
  • advising ministers and senior officials on nuclear science and engineering matters
  • international strategic nuclear science and technology collaboration
  • support to nuclear procurement activities

The MOD CSA role is held by Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.


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  1. UK statement to the 2014 International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference

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