Rupert Lewis

Dr Rupert Lewis is Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society.  The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science for the benefit of humanity, whose Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished researchers are drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. The policy team lead work to influence policy on climate, the biosphere, emerging technologies, data, science policy, education, and deliver rapid expert advice on SARS-Cov-2.  Before joining the Royal Society Rupert led the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) which supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, providing science advice to the Prime Minister and to the Cabinet, carrying out strategic Foresight projects, and science advice in emergencies.  His previous roles include head of Automotive policy in the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, where he also led work on business risks and contingency planning and was deputy Chief Scientific Adviser. In Defra he headed Climate Adaptation policy, leading the UK’s first cross-economy climate risk assessment. He also set up the Prime Minister’s ‘Business Council for Britain’ during the financial crisis. Rupert has a BSc in Marine Biology, a PhD in genetics, and worked on aquaculture development and start-ups in SE Asia, South Africa, and Europe prior to joining Government in 2002.