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First published:
17 April 2019
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Our goal is to build on the strong and dynamic science base across Wales. This will ensure science and technology meet future challenges in Wales affecting:

  • the economy
  • climate change
  • the environment
  • health

We encourage the growth of science research in Welsh universities and businesses. This helps us to:

  • boost the economy
  • protect the environment
  • understand impacts through evidence and analysis

We employ scientists and engineers across Welsh Government. They work on issues like climate change, energy, forestry and health. They use evidence from scientific research to help us tackle challenges we face as a society.

Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW)

The Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW) provides scientific advice to the:

  • First Minister
  • Cabinet
  • administration

This ensures our policies and decisions are based on robust scientific evidence and long-term thinking. The CSAW is supported by the Welsh Government Office for Science.

The CSAW is also the head of the scientific profession for Welsh Government.

Professor Peter Halligan recently finished his role as CSAW. We thank him for his time and valuable contributions and wish all the best in his future endeavours. Details for appointing a new CSAW will follow. 

If you have any queries please contact the Welsh Government Office for Science: ChiefScientificAdviserWales@gov.wales