Professor Tom Rodden, EPSRC Deputy Executive Chair, appointed as Chief Scientific Adviser to DCMS

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Professor Tom Rodden has been appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and will begin his role in January 2019.

Tom has served as EPSRC's Deputy Chief Executive from April 2016 to April of this year and subsequently as Deputy Executive Chair.

Tom Rodden said: I am very pleased to have been selected for this Chief Scientific Adviser role and I am looking forward to working with new colleagues at DCMS and across government to ensure the UK has a vibrant creative economy, benefits from its world leading cultural assets and stays at the leading edge of the digital revolution.

Tom is a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham and as EPSRC's Deputy Executive Chair he has been responsible for research strategy, acting as the UK Research and Innovation lead in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-Infrastructure.

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC's Executive Chair said: On behalf of EPSRC's Council, Executive team and all the staff I want to thank Tom for all his hard work. I know my predecessor lent heavily on him while carrying out his other duties as Chair of the Research Councils and Tom has been a great support to me since I joined EPSRC. He has been a strong advocate for the case to invest in Engineering and Science and will surely add to the pool of expertise in government.

Tom founded and co-directed the RCUK Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, a university-wide interdisciplinary research centre and showcased some of the first applications of mobile technologies to support tourism.

He has acted as technical advisor to companies including the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, Mobile Life (a Swedish centre of excellence) and been a visiting scientist at Xerox PARC and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser

The DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser is responsible for:

  • ensuring that the department's policies are supported by the best science and technology advice available
  • advising ministers and senior officials on science and technology matters
  • providing professional leadership to the specialists within DCMS
  • working with the wider community of Chief Scientific Advisers to address cross-departmental issues
  • building a network of scientific expertise and communicating effectively between government, academia and industry

Reference: PN 78-18