Dr Miles Elsden

at University College London (UCL)

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Honorary Professor, University College London
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

"I have found the Cambridge Science Policy Fellowship Programme an excellent way to strengthen my existing links to academia. My week at Cambridge gave me the opportunity to talk with leading academics from a huge range of subject areas and has already led to possible links to exploit a number of research outputs. The Programme should also allow scientists to understand how central government works and how timely advice can be used as part of the policy making evidence base. I am sure my links with Cambridge will deepen over the remainder of the Fellowship and I hope to benefit from these links in the future months and years."

Miles Elsden joined the Department for Transport in May 2012 as Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor and is head of the Science and Engineering profession in the Department. He heads up the Science and Research team in DfT and also oversees the Department’s Social Research and Evaluation and Operational Research teams. Previously he has worked at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is part of the Ministry of Defence, and most recently for the Government Office for Science where he was head of Civil Contingencies, Defence and Security.

Miles has a background in applied mathematics and computational fluid mechanics and spent a number of years as an academic in the UK, France and Germany including time spent as a Marie Curie Fellow before joining a software development company based in Brussels. He is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Cambridge Science and Policy Fellow. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield University.