Boris Johnson sets out plan to make UK ‘science superpower’, as Sir Patrick Vallance to run new agency
The Science and Technology Strategy Office will be located in the Cabinet Office and tasked with advancing Whitehall’s priorities in these areas.
Sir Patrick will assume the role of National Technology Advisor in addition to his current position as governmentchief scientific advisor.
“The new Science and Technology Strategy Office will put science and technology at the heart of policymaking and strengthen the way we work across government,” Sir Patrick said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with the National Science and Technology Council to help identify cutting-edge research and technology that will bring strategic benefits to the UK.”
It is part of a No. 10 plan to “strengthen the UK’s position as a scientific superpower”.
A new National Science and Technology Council will also be set up and chaired by Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister will instruct the Council to provide strategic direction for the use of science and technology as tools to meet the challenges facing society and to improve the national standard.
Downing Street says Mr Johnson is mandating the entire government, working with the new council and bureau, to take on the success of the UK approach to vaccines and apply it to other priorities.
Officials say the Office for Science and Technology Strategy’s first job will be to review the technology bets the UK should support and prioritize strategic benefits.
The Prime Minister said: “From discovery to delivery, our vaccination program has shown what Britain can do on a large scale and at high speed.
“With the right direction, the right pace and the right support, we can bring life to many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that are changing the lives of people in the UK and around the world.”
He added: “So I am creating a new Council of Ministers and a new office in the center of government so that we can exploit the limitless possibilities of research and technology and cement Britain’s place as a global science superpower.”