Science Policy Contributions


I have been involved in policy work for two decades, as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council and chair of its Earth Science & Technology and its Polar Science Boards, a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, chair of the Research Committee of the League of European Research Universities, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and currently as chair of the Royal Society’s Science Policy Centre.

Reports of these bodies in which I was involved are:

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
  • Transport and the Environment (1994)
  • Sustainable Use of Soils (1996)
  • Setting Environmental Standards (1998)
  • Energy: the Changing Climate (2000)
League of European Research Universities, position papers, as single or principal author
  • Growth, research intensive universities and the European Research Council (2005)
  • Competitiveness, research and the concept of a European Institute of Technology (2006)
  • Universities & Innovation: the challenge for Europe. (2006)
  • The Future of the European Research Area. (2007)
  • What are universities for? (with Colin Lucas) (2008)
  • Harvesting talent: strengthening research careers in Europe (2010)
UK Prime Ministers Council for Science and Technology
  • See website for reports – 2004-2011
The Royal Society (as report chair)
  • Devolution and science (1999)
  • The long-term management of radioactive waste: the work of CoRWM (2006)
  • Strategy options for the management of UK’s separated plutonium (2007)
  • Science as an open enterprise (2012)
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (as General Secretary who originated and managed its novel policy report series




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