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UKAEA Steven Cowley to advise UK government

-Nick Holloway, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

The new ''high calibre'' member to the Council: Steven Cowley. (Click to view larger version...)
The new ''high calibre'' member to the Council: Steven Cowley.
Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Professor Steven Cowley, CEO of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, as a member of the Council for Science and Technology.

The Council for Science and Technology is the UK Government's top-level advisory body on science and technology policy issues. It is made up of figures from senior levels in science and engineering fields from industry, business and academia and reports directly to the Prime Minister.

Steven Cowley is a theoretical physicist who has been CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority since 2009. The Authority operates Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, near Oxford, which is developing nuclear fusion as a large-scale, low-carbon energy source for the future.

Before joining the Authority, Steven Cowley was a professor at the University of California Los Angeles and led the plasma physics group at Imperial College, London, where he remains a part-time professor. He has published over 140 papers and articles during his scientific career.
Professor Keith Burnett, a Board member of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, has also been appointed to the Council for Science and Technology.

Professor Steven Cowley said: "The quality of the UK's science and technology is second to none and our future prosperity depends it. I am honoured to serve on a Council dedicated to enhancing UK science and technology."

Announcing the appointment of new Council members, David Cameron said: "We have some of the world's best scientists, leading technologies, cutting edge facilities and the most innovative hi-tech companies, and it is our determination that we do all that we can to ensure the UK remains one of the world leaders in this field. That is why I am delighted that I can announce the appointment of such a high calibre team, with such a broad range of experience, to the Council for Science and Technology." 

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