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Chief scientist will also be director general for science, technology, analysis, research and strategy
Patrick Vallance aims to address "misconceptions" about science advice
Track-and-trace app being trialled now will do "heavy lifting" once social-distancing measures are lifted, science adviser says
Ramping up testing now a priority for ‘data-driven’ strategy, chief scientist tells MPs
The government’s Covid-19 response has been driven by expert advice, in a way that isn’t always clear in public policy. Can it stay that way throughout the crisis?
Covid-19 strategy aims to reduce the peak of the outbreak, “not to suppress it completely", Patrick Vallance says
Chancellor says government will boost R&D spending to £22bn a year by 2024-25
Policy Exchange urges government to get on with setting up UK ARPA as science minister Chris Skidmore says it could be formed this year
Sir Patrick Vallance also said he wanted half of all fast streamers to have science backgrounds
As 2020 approaches, senior figures from across government reflect on their highlights and challenges of 2019, look ahead to the next 12 months and share their favourite festive memories
Patent-winning polymath Phillippa Spencer lands double win at UK celebration
Sir Ian Boyd gives warning days before his departure as Defra chief scientist
Former civil servant Steve O'Neil takes a fresh look at the appliance of science at the heart of government
Henderson will succeed Sir Ian Boyd in October
Appointment comes more than a year after communities department advertised for a chief scientific adviser
McLean was awarded damehood for services to mathematical biology and advice to government
MP says ongoing vacancy exposed in wake of Grenfell tragedy is "astounding" a year after search began
Patrick Vallance says new Whitehall role is ‘like being 13 again and being interested in science’
An explosives expert and the first woman to lead the Met Office, Penelope Endersby’s arrival at the much-loved weather service was a breath of fresh air. She tells Beckie Smith about being a mentor, climate change, and stepping out of the shadows
Department offers £120k a year for leader tasked with ensuring science and evidence stay "at the heart" of its post-Brexit operations
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.