DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Tom Rodden


Professor Tom Rodden has been appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and begins this role in January 2019.

Tom Rodden is a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham and the Deputy Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where he is responsible for research strategy, acting as the UK Research and Innovation lead in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-Infrastructure.

Tom founded and co-directed the RCUK Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, a university-wide interdisciplinary research centre and showcased some of the first applications of mobile technologies to support tourism. He has acted as technical advisor to companies including the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, Mobile Life (a Swedish centre of excellence) and been a visiting scientist at Xerox PARC and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

 Previous roles in government

  • Deputy Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) April 2016 - April 2018
  • Deputy Executive Chair of EPSRC April 2018 - Jan 2019

DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser

The DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser is responsible for:

  • ensuring that the department’s policies are supported by the best science and technology advice available
  • advising ministers and senior officials on science and technology matters
  • providing professional leadership to the specialists within DCMS
  • working with the wider community of Chief Scientific Advisers to address cross-departmental issues
  • building a network of scientific expertise and communicating effectively between government, academia and industry.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport