Bernard Silverman


From 2010 to 2017 I held the full-time post of Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office.  This role had several aspects: the provision of independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers and policy officials on the whole range of topics relevant to Home Office business; the leadership and management of Home Office Science, including the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (formerly Home Office Scientific Development Branch); Home Office Statistics; the Animals in Science Regulation Unit; and teams of social researchers, economists and operational researchers supporting Home Office policy and operations in Crime and Policing, Migration and Counter-Terrorism; support for and sponsorship of independent scientific advisory committees, including the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs; participation in the cross-government network of Chief Scientific Advisers chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser; and international collaboration in scientific matters relevant to Home Office business, particularly with the US Department of Homeland Security.


Before taking up the Chief Scientific Adviser post, my work for Government included membership of the GM Science Review Panel, a non-executive directorship of the Defence Analytical Services Agency, and chairmanship of a review panel for the project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow.  




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