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Defra is seeking scientists and economists to sit on a number of its public boards

Defra is advertising for “high calibre” scientists and economists for public appointment positions on a number of boards this autumn.

The department says scientific advice “plays a vital role” in its work, which involves the areas of natural environment, the food and farming industry and the rural economy. Defra is looking for an economist to sit on the Adaptation Sub-Committee and a medical microbiologist and a scientist to sit on the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment. It is also seeking a scientist with knowledge and expertise in natural and social sciences to work for Natural England and a natural scientist with expertise in biodiversity to work at the Environment Agency.

Professor Ian Boyd, Defra’s chief scientist, said: “Our public bodies carry out important work to support the delivery of Defra’s objectives.

“The best policy making and delivery requires the best evidence and analysis, so it is vital we recruit the best scientists and economists on to our public body boards to help them with this work.”

All Defra public appointment vacancies are advertised on the Cabinet Office Centre for Public Appointments web pages where it also possible find out more about public appointments and how they are made.

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