NATURE: UK government appoints next chief scientific adviser

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Release date: 8/11/2017

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Brexit is likely to boost the day-to-day importance of chief scientific advisor's role, but Vallance will also have to reinvent other, more informal aspects of the position, says Kieron Flanagan, a science-policy researcher at the Alliance Manchester Business School. The creation of UK Research and Innovation, intended to increase the power of UK research-funding bodies, means Walport will continue to wield great influence over science in government. The chief scientific adviser has traditionally been the voice of science in government, Flanagan says.

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TitleUK government appoints next chief scientific adviser
Media name/outletNature
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date8/11/17
DescriptionBrexit is likely to boost the day-to-day importance of chief scientific advisor's role, but Vallance will also have to reinvent other, more informal aspects of the position, says Kieron Flanagan, a science-policy researcher at the Alliance Manchester Business School. The creation of UK Research and Innovation, intended to increase the power of UK research-funding bodies, means Walport will continue to wield great influence over science in government. The chief scientific adviser has traditionally been the voice of science in government, Flanagan says.
URLwww.nature.com/news/uk-government-appoints-next-chief-scientific-adviser-1.22956
PersonsKieron Flanagan