Join an interactive session with Dr Nick Joad, Director of Defence Science & Technology, MOD, offering an overview of the MOD science and technology direction in light of the new Science & Technology (S&T) strategy, and how the S&T strategy aligns with the future direction of the research programmes.

The S&T strategy can be downloaded and viewed in advance.


10:30  Introductions and housekeeping, ADS

10:35  Science & Technology Strategy overview, Dr Nick Joad - Director of Defence Science & Technology, MOD

11:05  Interactive Q&A session

12:00  Close


Director Defence Science & Technology

Nick is the Director of Defence Science & Technology. He is responsible for ensuring that MOD has access the S&T necessary to deliver its role now and in the future. He oversees the investment of MODs core research programme and ensures that it delivers against the highest Defence and Security priorities whilst maintaining critical national technical capabilities. He is currently leading on the evolution of the MOD S&T Strategy and how MOD can make best use of the transformational nature of technology. He leads on key national and international S&T relationships for MOD.

Previously, Nick was the Head of S&T Commissioning within MOD. In this role he carried out a complete ab initio redesign of the S&T portfolio and introduced more structured Portfolio Management techniques into the UK Defence S&T Enterprise.

Nick was the Programme Director within the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and sat in its Executive. Within Dstl, Nick managed the organisations aerospace and weapon related work, before leading several corporate change programmes. Before joining the MOD, Nick was a consultant system engineer in the private sector specialising in the analysis and design of complex systems.

Nick has a DPhil in theoretical solid-state physics, specifically the properties of strongly interacting electrons in low dimensions. He is a graduate of the UK’s Major Project Leadership Academy.

Nick is married with one son. He is a keen if frequently stung beekeeper!