President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

President Obama meets with PCAST

Welcome to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, known as PCAST.

News & Events

Big Data & Privacy

On May 1, 2014, PCAST released a report to the President on "Big Data & Privacy: A Technological Perspective."

Education Technology

On December 18, 2013, PCAST released a letter report to the President on recommendations related to technology in higher education.


On November 22, 2013, PCAST released a report to the President on "Immediate Opportunities for Strengthening the Nation's Cybersecurity."

Climate Change

On March 22, 2013, PCAST released a letter-report to the President on the topic of climate change.

Agricultural Preparedness

On December 7, 2012, PCAST released its latest report entitled "Agricultural Preparedness & the United States Agricultural Research Enterprise" in Washington, DC.

U.S. Research Enterprise

On November 30, 2012, PCAST released a report entitled “Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the U.S. Research Enterprise” in Washington, DC

Drug Innovation

On September 25, 2012, PCAST released its latest report: Report to the President on Propelling Innovation in Drug Discovery, Development, and Evaluation.


On July 20, 2012,  PCAST released its report Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth at an event at the White House:

Advanced Manufacturing

On July 17, 2012, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, working within the framework of PCAST and co-chaired by Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical and Susan Hockfield of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, outlined recommendations for spurring investment and positioning the U.S. for long-term leadership in advanced manufacturing.  The Committee’s report, Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, has been endorsed by PCAST, which is led by John P. Holdren, science and technology advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Eric Lander, President of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.