News story: Professor Robin Grimes appointed as Foreign Office Chief Scientific Advis

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Ministry of Defence said:
Professor Grimes succeeds Professor David Clary FRS, who was the first FCO Chief Scientific Adviser, holding the post since August 2009.
Professor Grimes is currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Nuclear Engineering. He is a Fellow of several learned societies including the Institution of Nuclear Engineers and the Institute of Physics.
As a nuclear energy specialist, Professor Grimes has advised the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into nuclear research requirements, and was part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster. He has considerable experience of high-level international work with HMG science and policy colleagues, including overseas missions to Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan.
The FCO role is part-time, allowing Professor Grimes to continue academic work.
Working as part of a Whitehall network of Departmental Chief Scientific Advisers, and drawing on the support of the HMG Science and Innovation Network, the FCO Chief Scientific Adviser provides advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science and innovation in foreign policy across the FCO’s three priorities (Prosperity, Security, Consular Services ).
The FCO Chief Scientific Adviser enhances departmental capability to strengthen key policies with scientific evidence (e.g. around climate change and energy, counter-proliferation and polar regions), broadens the UK diplomatic contact network in the scientific community, and creates opportunities for constructive engagement with high-tech business in support of UK prosperity and growth.
Commenting on the appointment, the Foreign Secretary said:
“I am delighted to welcome Professor Robin Grimes to the FCO. I am confident that Professor Grimes will build on the excellent work begun by Professor David Clary as Chief Scientific Adviser. Britain is a global leader in science and Professor Grimes’s appointment offers the opportunity to couple our international work on science and innovation with efforts to promote the UK’s long-term prosperity and growth.”
Professor Robin Grimes said:
“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with the FCO, helping to put science and technology at the heart of foreign policy. I see real potential for the FCO to expand the use of its science and innovation capability at home and overseas and will be at the forefront of this effort as the new Chief Scientific Adviser.”
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All very nice, but is this chaps relevance to us of any importance. Is he going to design the next nuclear reactors for the submarine fleet on the back of a packet of 20 woodbines, or better still work out a way to safely dispose of nuclear spent materials.
Why is this of interest to us if he works for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.(FCO) Standing by to be corrected.
 

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The FCO has rather a lot to do with the RN. The professor's terms of reference at the FCO, according to the article appear to touch upon stuff that may require a naval input at some point.

I suspect that the MoD's 'spam' is actually well intentioned. A way to further the education and awareness across the spectrum of Defence and Foreign Policy blah blah of the naval community, including the yet to join, the long gone uckers kings and the JSCSC thrusters. Make warrior/scholars of us all.

Good luck with that.
 
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“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with the FCO, helping to put science and technology at the heart of foreign policy. I see real potential for the FCO to expand the use of its science and innovation capability at home and overseas and will be at the forefront of this effort as the new Chief Scientific Adviser.”


Okay- so why can't this chap design this countries next generation of nuclear reactors instead of farming it out to China? - or is the above statement an indication that he is going to be the liaison officer for their commissioning
 
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