Dr Miles Elsden

at University of York

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."

Dr Miles Elsden is the Director, Institute for Safe Autonomy at the University of York.

Previously, Miles Elsden joined the Department for Transport in May 2012 as Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor and was head of the Science and Engineering profession in the Department. He headed up the Science and Research team in DfT and also oversaw 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.

  • 8 February 2017, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture 2017: Professor Chris Whitty, Department of Health

    There will be profound changes in health and disease over the next 20 years. The causes, demography and geography of ill health will shift significantly whilst the trend of demand for healthcare growing more rapidly than GNI is likely to continue. This lecture by Professor Chris Whitty discussed how it can predict, and help respond to, the policy challenges that will follow over the next 2 decades.

  • 11 November 2014, 3pm

    The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

    To mark the GCSA's 50th birthday, the Royal Society, GO-Science, SPRU, and the Centre for Science and Policy, are working in partnership to host a special event on the past, present and future of scientific advice.