Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales
Advises the Welsh Government on scientific issues across departments.
The Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW):
- provides scientific advice to the First Minister, his Cabinet and the wider Welsh Government
- leads, influences and supports the setting of the scientific priorities for Wales.
- works with science, research and innovation policy leads across Welsh Government
- leads on developing proposals for a coherent and strategic approach to Welsh Government’s Science and Research policy.
- works with policy and science leads across Welsh Government to develop proposals on the role of science and research in tackling global challenges such as:
- climate change,
- human health care,
- protecting ecosystems,
- provision of sustainable energy supplies linked to decarbonisation goals.
- promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects
- works with UK’sChief Scientific Adviser and liaises with Departmental Chief Scientific Advisers in the UK Government
- is the head of profession for science and technology staff across Wales and the Welsh Government
Jas Pal Badyal was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985, gaining his Doctorate (PhD) in 1988, both from Cambridge University. He held a King’s College Fellowship and the Oppenheimer Fellowship. In 1989 he moved to Durham University to take up a lectureship and was promoted to Full Professor in 1996.
He is internationally recognised for his pioneering research on the:
- functionalisation of solid surfaces
- deposition of functional nanolayers.
Jas Pal has invented many novel surfaces for technological and societal applications. These have been underpinned by the investigation of fundamental mechanisms and scale-up. Examples include:
- fog harvesting
- optochiral switches
Professor Badyal is the fourth CSAW, his predecessors are:
- Professor Peter Halligan from March 2018 to February 2022, a distinguished psychologist and neuroscientist
- Professor Julie Williams from September 2013 to September 2017, a leading Alzheimer's researcher
- Professor John Harries from May 2010 to April 2013, a distinguished atmospheric physicist.