New Chief Scientist appointed

Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:17
Posted by Scott Buckler

Professor Ian Boyd has been appointed by Defra to be its new Chief Scientific Adviser.Professor Boyd, who is the current Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, will join Defra in September on a three year contract

He will replace Professor Sir Bob Watson, who is leaving Defra after five years in the post.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Boyd said:

I am delighted to be taking up this important position. There are substantial future challenges ahead in bio-security, food security and in responding to the effects of climate change, but the UK is well placed to meet these challenges. It has excellent scientific research and I look forward to helping stimulate this research community to even greater things in future. I also look forward to listening to people’s concerns about the management of our environment.”

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:

“Scientific evidence is absolutely crucial at Defra and helps us make the right decisions on how to protect and improve the environment. I have been immensely grateful for the scientific advice and oversight of all our research by Sir Bob, and I look forward to working with Professor Boyd to continue the Department’s reputation for scientific excellence.”

Bronwyn Hill, Permanent Secretary at Defra, said:

“Professor Boyd brings with him a wealth of experience that will be of great value in maintaining the high quality scientific research and evidence that the Department is renowned for and is central to everything we do. I look forward to working with Professor Boyd when he takes up his post in September.”

The Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) sits on Defra’s Board and is responsible for overseeing the quality of evidence that the Department relies on for policy decisions. The CSA also provides Ministers with scientific advice and sets the priorities for scientific research and evidence-gathering.

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