Lord Broers has been appointed Chairman of the prestigious House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.

Lord Broers, who is also President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is the latest in a line of distinguished scientists and engineers to chair the committee. He replaces Lord Oxburgh, who has reached the end of his 3-year term of office. Lord Broers' chairmanship will run for up to four years.

Lord Broers said:

"I am delighted to be taking over the chairmanship of the Science and Technology Committee at this crucial time."

"The science and technology bases in the UK are strong, but face many challenges − from maintaining our strength in research and finding appropriate ways to utilise new advances in medicine or genetic research, to maintaining our transport and power infrastructures."


1. Lord (Alec) Broers FREng FRS is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Cambridge.  He is a Director of Vodafone, a Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus and Chairman of Plastic Logic.  He worked in IBM's US research and development laboratories for nineteen years before returning to Cambridge in 1984 to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Fellow of Trinity College. He subsequently became Master of Churchill College in 1990 and Head of the University Engineering Department in 1993 before becoming Vice-Chancellor in 1996. His personal research was concerned with designing electron microscopes and with fabricating microelectronic and nanoelectronic devices.  He was knighted in 1998 and became a Member of the House of Lords in 2004.

2. The Science and Technology Committee's most recent Report, Radioactive Waste Management, was published on 10 December 2004. The committee is currently conducting two major inquiries, into scientific aspects of ageing and energy efficiency. Reports on both subjects are expected in early summer 2005.

For further information contact:

Chris Johnson, Clerk to the Committee on 020 7219 6072