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Chief Scientific Adviser

The Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland provides expert scientific advice to the Scottish Government to help inform its work. 

From 13 June 2016 the CSA is Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow.  

The CSA:

  • provides expert scientific advice to the Scottish Government about science-related issues, evidence and new developments that may have an impact on the Scottish Government's work

  • champions the use of science to inform policy development across the Scottish Government

  • supports Scotland's world-leading science base and its potential to benefit Scotland's economy, people and environment

The CSA provides advice on a range of policy areas, focusing on strategic and/or cross-cutting issues, particularly in policy areas not already covered by the Chief Scientist (Health) and the Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. The position is a three-day-a-week secondment to the Scottish Government for three years, with the possibility of extension.

The CSA is an ex officio member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC), and works closely with the Council to advise the Scottish Government. Both the CSA and the SSAC are supported in their work by staff in the Higher Education and Science Division, within Advanced Learning and Science Directorate.