Dr Julia Knights

Deputy Director at Science Museum, London

Deputy Director, Science Museum
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Julia is Deputy Director of the Science Museum with responsibility for visitor experience, operations, curatorial, exhibitions & galleries towards inspiring 3.3 million visitors annually. Julia also leads on Sustainability & the Net Zero by 2033 strategy across the five museums & National Collections Centre in the Science Museum Group.

Julia joined the museum from the Senior Civil Service as Deputy Director of Energy and Climate Science in BEIS where she played a role in the UK’s Net Zero by 2050 legislation.

A soil and climate scientist, Julia’s career spans over 20 years in biodiversity, conservation, climate change and sustainable agriculture – including 12 years overseas as a British diplomat in the Foreign Office as Director of the science teams in East China, Russia & Latin America. In Brazil, she led a £150 Million fund for UK-Brazil research including for identifying new plant species in the Amazon rainforest. Previously Julia worked in senior policy and delivery roles in nature, conservation & agriculture for Defra.

Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Trustee of the Woodland Trust and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group - a charity promoting London’s home of arts and science, representing 17 cultural institutions including the V&A, Natural History Museum, Imperial College & the Royal Albert Hall. Julia sits on the Advisory Board to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees and Pollinators and sits on the Royal Society’s Public Engagement Committee.