Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) promotes the United Kingdom's interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.

The FCO has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

The FCO is responsible for:

safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth
supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services

FCO Chief Scientific Adviser

The FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor Robin Grimes, is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that our work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge and, as Head of Profession for Science and Engineering, to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the Foreign Office. The CSA works closely with the cross-government community of Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider UK and international academic science community.

Contact Information
King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH
Switchboard Number: 
020 7008 1500