16 June 2022 | Collaboration

Highways Voices with DfT’s Chief Scientific Adviser

Listeners to this week’s Highways Voices podcast will learn why technology sits at the heart of transport with the DfT’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sarah Sharples the focus of this week’s show.

“I think when it was first brought in as a role to government departments, the Chief Scientific Adviser was expected to be the wise expert who knew everything about science,” says Professor Sharples.

“I hope I don’t disappoint you, I don’t know everything about science,” she went on, “But what my job is to do is to make those connections between people who do have that deep knowledge and embedded in the work of the department. So I’m going to talk a little bit about the role of science and technology within the department.”

Professor Sharples was speaking at the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) conference in Liverpool last month (May).

In the address she talks about how technology is crucial in delivering the transport networks of the future, stating: “We are seeing evolution and revolution in transport, and that the priorities are environment, improving transport for the user, global impacts, and levelling up and growing the economy.”

You can hear the whole address, plus news from podcast partners LCRIG, ITS (UK) and ADEPT. You will also hear why Transport for Wales win this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade” and relive the reunion of hosts Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum, meeting up in person for the first time in more than two years.

You can listen to the podcast here.