The Scottish Science Advisory Council

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The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body, providing independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (CSA) and to the Scottish Government. It is a broadly-based group, including both practitioners and users of scientific innovation.

The terms of reference for the Scottish Science Advisory Council are to:

Advise the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser on a broad range of scientific issues and science-related policies that will grow our economy and raise our quality of life and will further enhance Scotland as a science nation.

To address the breadth of the remit of the SSAC the membership of the Council has been drawn from right across the science, business and academic communities and has a broad range of expertise and experience in science-related matters.

The SSAC is Co-Chaired by the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland Professor Muffy Calder and Dr Chris Masters.

The SSAC meets quarterly in March, June, September and December in various locations around Scotland: a summary of the formal minutes were published here until March 2012.  Since that date members agreed to publish short updates instead, which can be found in the Publications section of the website.    

If you would like any further details on the Scottish Science Advisory Council please contact:

SSAC Secretariat
Room 1N:11, St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Telephone: 0131 244 3252

scottishscience@scotland.gsi.gov.uk