Government tech body ‘to tackle societal challenges’

Posted on June 21, 2021 by Jonathan Symcox

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The government has revealed plans for a National Science and Technology Council to tackle the UK’s societal challenges. 

Chaired by the Prime Minister, it aims to provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology for the public good. 

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has been invited to head up a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy, based in the Cabinet Office, and take up the role of the new National Technology Adviser, in addition to his current role as the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and head of the Government Office for Science. 

The new Office aims to work across government to put science and technology at the centre of policy and public services. The government highlighted developing technology to reach net zero emissions, curing cancer and keeping UK citizens safe at home and abroad as examples of areas it will target. 

“From discovery to delivery, our vaccination programme has proven what the UK can achieve at scale and at speed,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

“With the right direction, pace and backing, we can breathe life into many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that transform the lives of people across the UK and the world. 

“That’s why I’m establishing a new ministerial council and office at the centre of government, so we can realise the limitless possibilities that research and technology has to offer and cement the UK’s place as a global science superpower.” 

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: “The new Office for Science and Technology Strategy will put science and technology right at the heart of policy-making and strengthen the way we work across government to reinforce the position of the UK as a science superpower.  

“I look forward to working with the National Science and Technology Council to help identify cutting-edge research and technologies that will deliver strategic advantage for the UK.” 

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