Dr Dr Julia Knights

Deputy Director at Science Museum, London

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

Dr Julia Knights is Deputy Director of the Science Museum with oversight of Collections, Visitor Experience & Curatorial teams. Julia joined the Museum from the Senior Civil Service, where she was Deputy Director, Energy and Climate Science at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Prior to this, Julia spent 12 years as a Diplomat in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office heading up the science teams in East China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina & Chile.

During this time, Julia managed large science programmes including a £150 Million fund for UK-Brazil research in climate, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and tropical medicine. Julia also designed & led science diplomacy campaigns including the UK-Brazil Year of Science 2018-2019; UK-Brazil climate lecture series at Rio 2016 Olympics and the UK-Russia Year of Space 2011.

Julia holds a BSc Hons in soil science, an MSc in crop protection & a PhD in biogeochemistry related to climate. Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.