Daniel Adams is the Chief Director: Emerging Research Areas and Infrastructure, at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa. His duties and responsibilities include monitoring and evaluation of new and emerging research areas as well as the establishment of national research and cyber-infrastructure. He is also responsible for the National Research Equipment Programmes – providing financial support for the acquisition of research equipment at traditional universities as well as Universities of Technology and National Research Facilities; and is responsible for the National Nanotechnology Equipment programme – financial support for acquisition of research equipment to implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. He also manages the roll-out of the national research broadband network, and development of the national high performance computing centre.

For the period 1987 to 2007 Daniel Adams was a full-time academic in the Department of Physics at the University of the Western Cape, where he held full-time positions as professor and research scientist. During his tenure at the university, he supervised a number of postgraduate students and established a successful research programme in Bioceramics with emphasis on development and engineering of artificial bone material. Apart from being an active academic Daniel Adams also served as Head of the Department of Physics at UWC for two terms.