The Scottish Science Advisory Council


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. It is a broadly-based group, including both practitioners and users of scientific innovation.

The terms of reference for the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) are to support the Scottish Government to make effective use of science advice, knowledge and techniques when formulating and implementing policies, further enhancing Scotland's status as a science and innovation nation, and supporting Scotland’s Economic Strategy’s two mutually supportive goals of increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality.