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First Minister Carwyn Jones has appointed internationally renowned psychologist and neuroscientist, Professor Peter Halligan, to the post of Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales.

The Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales (CSAW) advises the Welsh Government on scientific issues across departments.

Professor Peter Halligan a distinguished psychologist and neuroscientist has been appointed to the post of Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales.

Since moving to Wales from his native Ireland, he has played a key role in a number of innovative developments including establishing the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC); the Wales Research and Diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Centre (PETIC); the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN); the Haydn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series and Cardiff University Research Institutes.

He left Cardiff University to join the Learned Society of Wales as Chief Executive in 2015. Professor Halligan will take up his appointment from 1 March 2018.

Professor Julie Williams, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher, served as the second Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales from September 2013 to September 2017, following on from Professor John Harries, an atmospheric physicist and first Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, who served from May 2010 to April 2013.

The role of the Chief Scientific Adviser:

  • to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM subjects
  • lead the scientific effort within the Welsh Government
  • review scientific advice provided to the Welsh Government
  • engage with the wider scientific community
  • bring together businesses, the Welsh Government and universities for their mutual benefit and to expand our economy
  • work with the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) and Departmental Chief Scientific Advisers in the UK Government
  • act as Head of Profession for science and technology staff in Wales and particularly in the Welsh Government.