Government Chief Scientific Adviser (United Kingdom)

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The UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) is the personal adviser on science and technology-related activities and policies to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. They are also the head of the Government Office for Science.

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser has a significant public role as the government's most visible scientific expert. This was apparent, for example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the GCSA would regularly appear in television briefings alongside senior government ministers.

Many individual government departments have departmental Chief Scientific Advisers (CSA).[1] The GCSA is involved in recruiting CSAs, and meets regularly with CSAs to identify priorities, challenges and strategies.[2] The adviser also usually serves as chair of the UK's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).[3]

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  1. ^ "Chief scientific advisers across government". Government Office for Science. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  2. ^ Chief scientific advisers and their officials, GO-Science, 2010
  3. ^ Grimes, Robin (2014). "The UK Response to Fukushima and Anglo-Japanese Relations". Science & Diplomacy. 3 (2).
  4. ^ "New Government Chief Scientific Adviser Appointed". GOV.UK. HM Government. 20 February 2023. Retrieved 24 February 2023.

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