Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, discusses his career and the current developments and challenges in the science and technology industry.
Sir Mark Walport was appointed Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science in April 2013. As co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, his responsibilities include:
- providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet
- advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology
- ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government
- leading the science and engineering profession within the Civil Service
Awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Sir Walport has also worked as Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London and Director of the Wellcome Trust.
In his Smart Talk at Dalian University of Technology, Sir Walport discussed his role as GCSA and shed light on some of the developments and challenges faced by the science and technology industry to an audience of STEM students and young professionals.