Council for Science and Technology
The Council for Science and Technology is the Prime Minister's top level independent advisory body on science and technology policy issues
CST's remit is to advise the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales on strategic issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments
Its terms of reference are ‘to advise the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales on the strategic policies and framework for:
- Sustaining and developing science, engineering and technology (SET) in the UK, and promoting international co-operation in SET
- Fostering the practice and perception of science, engineering and technology as an integral part of the culture of the UK
- Promoting excellence in SET education
- Making more effective use of research and scientific advice in the development and delivery of policy and public services across Government
- Promoting SET-based innovation in business and the public services to promote the sustainable development of the UK economy, the health and quality of life of UK citizens, and global sustainable development
The Council will work on cross-cutting issues of strategic importance, taking a medium to longer term approach. In developing its advice it will take into account the cultural, economic, environmental, ethical and social context of developments in SET.
The CST is co-chaired by the GCSA and Professor Dame Janet Finch, who is vice-chancellor of Keele University. It includes members from academia, business and the charity sector. It undertakes work at the request of government and at its own initiative. Details of its work and reports can be found on its website at www.cst.gov.uk.