Science and Innovation Network

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Science and Innovation Network Report: April 2010 to March 2011

Contents Foreword ………………………………………………………………………………….

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Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………..

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Facilitating International Innovation Collaboration…………………………

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Facilitating International Research Collaboration……………………………

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Influencing Internationally………………………………………………………….. 19 Working with Parliament…………………………………………………………….. 25 Country and Region Profiles ……………………………………………………….

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Science and Innovation Network Team Profiles ……………………………

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Science & Innovation Network Report – April 2010 to March 2011 – Contents

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Foreword

Science and innovation are critical to tackling major global challenges such as food security and climate change. They are also central to our plans for rebalancing our economy and sustaining economic growth. The UK already performs strongly in science, and the Government is working to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in science and research by continuing support for the highest value scientific research. We recognise the importance of international collaboration in research and innovation, both in strengthening the UK science base and sharing expertise in tackling global challenges. Policymaking needs to be underpinned by a strong evidence base. It is therefore important that we continue to contribute to and draw upon the best international science to enable ourselves and others to make evidence-based decisions. The Science and Innovation Network plays an important role in bringing our scientific community together with those working around the world. Based in our Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, the Science and Innovation network uses its many contacts to monitor global scientific developments and build new relationships and collaborations. This report highlights some of the many excellent achievements of the Network during the year from April 2010 to March 2011. David Willetts MP Minister of State for Universities and Science

Lord Green of Hurstepierpoint Minister of State for Trade and Investment

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Introduction

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Science and Innovation at the heart of the UK’s growth strategy The Government understands the key role of science and innovation in rebalancing the economy. For this reason they lie at the heart of the UK’s strategy for sustainable growth and prosperity. The UK is already a world leader in science and research; using the measure of citations as a proportion of GDP, the UK is the strongest performer in the G8 1 . International collaboration gives us the opportunity to build and capitalise on this strength, creating links to other centres of excellence in both the developed world and emerging economies, drawing in new ideas from around the world and stimulating innovative thinking.

“The Government has also prioritised current spending which helps deliver outcomes that support growth, including a strong science and research base.” 2

Strong, collaborative science and innovation play an equally important role in underpinning the evidence-based international policy dialogues we need in order to successfully tackle global challenges such as food security and climate change. It is for these reasons that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) jointly fund a network of Science Innovation Officers around the world. The network supports the priorities of both BIS the FCO, and its business planning process ensures that it remains responsive to needs of the UK.

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The network is able to identify and deliver opportunities, bring insight to UK policymakers and exert influence aro