The Government Chief Scientific Adviser
A key function of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser is the responsibility towards the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to ensure that the best science and engineering advice is brought to bear effectively on Government policy and decision-making.
The office is supported in this by the Government Office for Science and by the network of Chief Scientific Advisers now in place in all major science-using departments. The Government Chief Scientific Adviser also work closely with the economic, statistical, social research and operational research professions.
Another crucial part of the role is to work with Ministers, the scientific community and the media to ensure that the scientific method, risk and uncertainty are understood by the public. This is especially important at present given the misunderstandings around climate change.
Sir Mark has outlined five high level priorities for his term in office:
- Promoting the contribution of science, engineering, technology and the social sciences to economic growth by linking industry, academia and government
- Developing the capabilities that are vital to the infrastructure that underpins our security, well-being and resilience
- Providing the best scientific advice in the case of emergencies
- Ensuring the best use of quantitative and qualitative analysis across government
- Providing advocacy and strong leadership for science inside and outside government