Jessica Montgomery

Director, AI@Cam at University of Cambridge

Director, AI@Cam
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Jessica is currently Director of AI@Cam, a new University of Cambridge strategic mission to develop AI technologies that serve science, citizens, and society.

Alongside this role, she leads a variety of research and policy programmes tackling the real-world challenges associated with developing and deploying AI for societal benefit. These include: Accelerate Science, an initiative developing AI tools and collaborations in support of research and innovation; the Data Trusts Initiative, an incubator programme for pilot projects creating trustworthy data governance frameworks; and strategic research agenda development for the ELISE/ELLIS network of European AI research.

Her interests in AI and its consequences for science and society stem from her policy career, in which she worked with parliamentarians, leading researchers and civil society organisations to bring scientific evidence to bear on major policy issues. At the Royal Society, Jessica established and led a wide-ranging programme of policy development, public dialogue and international engagement that explored the frontiers of AI technologies and their implications for society. She worked with senior researchers, policymakers, civil society and industry to identify emerging policy needs and develop policy frameworks to enable safe and rapid deployment of these technologies. In her prior role as a Senior Clerk at the House of Commons, Jessica advised MPs on parliamentary procedure and practice. While advising a number of select committees – including Transport; Business, Innovation, and Skills; Regulatory Reform; and Science and Technology – Jessica managed inquiries into a range of science and policy issues, bringing evidence into the heart of political decision-making.

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the CSaP Annual Cleevely Lecture Series was delivered online by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Ministry of Defence.

  • 6 February 2020, 5:30pm

    2020 Christ’s College Climate Seminars

    The Centre for Science and Policy is working with Professor Charles Kennel, Director Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, to deliver the 2020 series of climate change seminars hosted by Christ’s College.

  • In news articles

    Data governance for the 21st century: the role of data trusts

    Professor Neil Lawrence, Jessica Montgomery and Professor Sylvie Delacroix explain how data trusts can empower us to retain the rights around our data and how it is used.