Chief Scientific Advisers (CSAs) inquiry launched

20 July 2011

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee today invited contributions to its new inquiry into the role and function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers (CSAs).

Committee Chairman, Lord Krebs, said:

“The Committee is keen to gain a clearer understanding of the ability of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers to provide independent advice to ministers and policy makers within their departments and find out more about their influence across government. We would encourage anyone with any interest in this issue to contact us with their views and experiences on the role that they play.”

Some of the questions to be addressed are:

  • How do CSAs ensure that departmental policies are evidence-based?
  • What is the range of expertise provided by the network of CSAs across government departments?
  • What influence do CSAs have over research spend?

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