Professor Paul Monks is Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department for Energy Security and NetZero, he is also Acting Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.
Prior to the machinery of government changes that took place in February 2023, Paul was the Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Paul’s research experience covers the broad areas of air quality, atmospheric composition and climate change allowing him to extend his remit into diverse areas including forensic science, CBRN, microbiology and food safety, natural resource management and breathomics (breath analysis as a medical diagnostic).
Paul held the position of Chair of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) and Deputy Chair of the Defra Science Advisory Council for 10 years, alongside roles in the UKRI-NERC advice structures. He has worked internationally as the European representative on the Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee (EPAC SSC) of the World Meteorological Organisation and ICACGP (International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution).
As founding director of G-STEP (a university innovation initiative), Paul developed a B2B organisation with the aim of innovating using space based (EO) data to enhance the competitiveness of industry, particularly focused on SMEs.