How can the National Science and Technology Council and the Office for Science and Technology Strategy direct S&T priorities?

  • January 26, 2022 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society
Meeting Report by Liz Wainwright, Foundation Future Leader (123.0KB)

In June 2021, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a new National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), to “provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world.” He also announced the creation of a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy (OSTS), to be based in the Cabinet Office, which would “drive forward the strategy of Whitehall’s science and technology priorities from the centre”. The OSTS would be headed up by a National Technology Adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance was appointed as the first person in that role.

In this event, we discussed the setting up of the NSTC and OSTS, and their emerging priorities. We also discussed how these bodies will work with other structures within the UK’s science, technology and innovation ecosystem, including UKRI and the Government Office for Science, and how they will engage with UK industry. 

Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP
National Technology Adviser & Government Chief Scientific Advisor
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS
Chief Executive , UKRI
Naomi Weir
Programme Director - Innovation, Confederation of British Industry
Professor James Wilsdon
Director, Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield

The Royal Society

This discussion appeared in the FST journal below.

This issue of the Foundation's journal includes reports on gaining strategic advantage in science and technology, climate change post COP-26; the UK AI Strategy, rebuilding the electricity grid, and European space policy. It has editorial articles from Chi Onwurah MP,  and from Hermann Hauser and Hazem Danny Nakib.

Volume 23, Issue 2