The Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Economy, Science and Transport Minister Edwina Hart today announced that Professor Julie Williams CBE has been appointed as the new Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales.
Merthyr-born Professor Williams, currently Professor of Neuropsychological Genetics and Dean of Research at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, was appointed following an open competition. She is an eminent academic in the field of Alzheimer’s research.
The Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW) is responsible for the provision of independent and top quality scientific advice to the First Minister and his administration across a broad spectrum of topics to support decision and policy making in different contexts.
Prof. Williams started her her post in September, on a three year secondment, working for three and a half days a week. She takes over from Professor John Harries who retired earlier this year and was responsible for developing the Science for Wales strategy and introducing a number of initiatives to increase Wales’ science capabilities.
Prof. Williams will build on this base, placing a particular emphasis on enhancing the provision of scientific advice in Welsh Government decision making across all its business areas.