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Track-and-trace app being trialled now will do "heavy lifting" once social-distancing measures are lifted, science adviser says
Vallance also announced he had appointed a chief scientific adviser to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Chief scientific advisers provide vital expertise to help departments make informed policy decisions – not least during national emergencies. But to be effective, they must also be experts in the workings of Whitehall. Beckie Smith spoke to CSAs past and present to discover how they combine these distinctive skills.
The government chief scientific adviser reflects on his career to date and strengthening how science and policy work together in the civil service
Dr Patrick Vallance takes up post after appointment last November
Department for Exiting the European Union "consulting very extensively" on the impact of Brexit to the science sector, says top government adviser, after MPs urge the new department to take on a full-time expert
Independent study will form part of new strategy launched by chief scientist Sir Mark Walport (pictured) which aims to put specialists at the heart of government decision-making
Sir Mark Walport is to become the government’s next chief scientific adviser in April 2013, it has been announced. He was chosen via an open competition, and replaces Sir John Beddington.