The Government today announced the appointment of Sir Mark Walport as the new Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA). Sir Mark is currently the Director of the Wellcome Trust.
He will take up the position on 1 April 2013 replacing the current GCSA, Professor Sir John Beddington, who has served in the post since January 2008, and who CaSE held good relations with. Professor Beddington gave the 2009 CaSE Annual Distinguished Lecture on ‘Science in Government: Challenges for the 21st Century’.
CaSE Assistant Director Beck Smith said:
“CaSE congratulates Sir Mark Walport on his appointment to this crucial role.
The work of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser is hugely important in providing scientific advice to Government on many of the scientific and societal challenges facing the UK, from environmental change to the ageing population.
We look forward to supporting Sir Mark in putting science, engineering and technology at the heart of policy-making to meet these challenges and ensuring high-quality scientific advice is embedded across Whitehall and Government.”
CaSE has been doing plenty of work on improving scientific advice over the last year, including our analysis of the departmental Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) network.
For all CaSE’s work involving science in government please see here.