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

Professor Robin Grimes FRS FREng


Robin Grimes is the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser (since February 2013) and is the Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Adviser on nuclear science and technology matters (since October 2017). He is currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. His research focuses on the use of high performance computing techniques to understand the behaviour of materials for energy applications.

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. The 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. The CSA is supported by the UK Science and Innovation Network based in overseas posts.

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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