17th April 2012 Ottawa, Canada

Science diplomacy – the FCO`s CSA, Prof. David Clary visits Ottawa

Prof. David Clary (his blog), Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently visited Ottawa, on the invitation of the Office of the Auditor General(@OAG_BVG) to participate in a Science Forum, looking at how science can be used to better inform policy, in times of austerity.

Part of this involved discussions of how science advice to government was done in the UK, and the role of CSAs in advising the UK government during the recent budget reforms.  The overall event went very well and was attended by an excellent cast of Canadian science and policy characters (we have a few additional photos here if interested)!
Prof. David Clary presenting at the British High Commission Science Salon

During his visit, he was also able to present at a British High Commission Science Salon, where he described the UK`s system for Science Advice to Government, specifically looking at the Chief Science Advisors to the various UK Departments, and the Chief Scientific Advisors Committee (CSAC) under the chairmanship of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA), Sir John Beddington.

Our AV team, Trevor Kerr and Nathan Skolski, with Prof David Clary

Prof. David Clary also took a moment to do a video blog with us, describing a bit about the purpose of his visit, and to hint at some things to look forward to from the SIN Canada team (he also answered some questions posed to us on our UKinCanada Facebook page!  Check out our interview and while you’re there, like our page – we are very likable, I assure you).

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About Nicole Arbour

Based in the National Capital, I cover the federal S&T sector, national S&T organisations, as well as local industry and academic partners. I manage the UK’s Science & Innovation Network in Canada, and our contribution towards the wider Canada-UK relationship. This year my focus will be working towards the delivery of the Canada-UK Joint Declaration and the Canada-UK Joint Innovation Statement. In my spare time I like to cook and spend quality time with my family. Find me on Twitter @narbour

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