Science advice in the UK

How has the UK science advice system evolved and how does it work?


Transforming Evidence and the Foundation for Science and Technology were commissioned by the UK Science and Innovation Network to produce a report on the science advisory system in the UK, looking not just at government and parliament but also at those supplying evidence (such as universities) and the role of evidence brokers. The report sets outwhat the system in the UK looks like and also how it has developed over time. It looks at key roles (such as the Government Chief Scientific Advisor), committees and advisory bodies (such as the Science Advisory Group for Emergencies, SAGE), funding mechanisms, and explores the evolution of the science advice in response to episodes crisis and emergency. 

Outputs and findings

You can read the report here.

The report was launched on 23 September 2021 at an event Science & Public Policy: Developing systems for science advice to governments and Parliament organised with the UK Science and Innovation Network, the Chilean Ministry of Science, the British Embassy Santiago and the Foundation for Science and Technology.

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