The first chief scientific adviser in the foreign office

31 October 2011, 5pm


The first Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was appointed in 1782. It took another 227 years for the Foreign Office to appoint its first Chief Scientific Adviser. We are delighted that CSaP's sixth Distinguished Lecture will be given by the first holder of this historic post, Professor David Clary FRS.

Professor Clary advises the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His work ensures that the FCO's work on key scientific and engineering issues, such as climate change, energy, food security, counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation undergoes proper scientific challenge.

In addition to being the FCO Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Clary is President of Magdalen College Oxford and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford.


  • 5pm – Arrival, tea/coffee
  • 5.30pm – Introduction (Dr David Cleevely)
  • 5.35 – Lecture starts
  • 6.15pm – Q&A and Discussion
  • 6.45pm - Drinks reception


The lecture will take place in Cripps Court Auditorium, Magdalene College, Cambridge.

How to register

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Professor David Clary

University of Oxford

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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    David Clary Distinguished Lecture

    Our sixth Distinguished Lecture was given by Professor David Clary FRS, the Foreign Office’s first Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Clary delivered a wide ranging and informative lecture covering the role that he has created, the role of science in foreign policy and, in particular, the critical role that science plays in diplomacy.