Science minister for Scotland

Posted on January 17, 2012 by

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Spotted today (hat tip to Fiona Selkirk) that the Scottish government has appointed a junior minister with science as one of his lead responsibilities. Dr Alasdair Allan is now the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages . This is something we have been calling for – it was our top call back in the May 2011 elections. Prior to this science fell within a long list of responsibilities for Mike Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and we were concerned that this didn’t really reflect the importance of the decisions the government needs to make about science, so it is great to see science given this priority.

However we’re not done yet. Professor Anne Glover, who was Scotland’s fantastic chief scientific adviser, has recently finished her term and moved to a great post as Chief Scientific Advisor to the EU. Her post was advertised before Christmas but we don’t know who is filling it yet. Until it is, this leaves the Scottish government missing one of their key expert advisers on science so it will be good to see a new chief scientific adviser soon.

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