Department for Culture Media and Sport

background

In 2004 the Office for Science and Technology (OST, now Government Office for Science) conducted a review of the management and use of science in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The review was part of a broader programme of work carried out by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser to ensure the quality and vigour of science in all government departments is maintained.

Following this review we asked Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, to investigate how DCMS could make use of scientific advice. He delivered his report and recommendations (RTF 249kb) in 2007 and two key recommendations he made were for DCMS to employ a Chief Scientific Adviser and to establish a science advisory committee.

DCMS appointed Anita Charlesworth as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor in September 2008. Between then and her departure in May 2010 Anita explored how best to establish a mechanism for the Department to access advice from leading scientists across our sectors through a Science and Research Advisory Committee (SRAC). The SRAC was launched on 28 October 2009.