Joint Academies' Statement: Building a Stronger Future

The four UK National Academies have released a statement setting out our vision for making the UK the best location for world-class research and innovation.

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Outstanding research and innovation advance our economic, social and cultural well-being and our health. In modern economies they are a key source of competitive advantage and will be central to developing a sustainable future. 

On the 10 February 2015, the four UK National Academies - The Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society - jointly launched a statement setting out our vision for the next Government in order to make the UK the location of choice for world class research, development and innovation:
 
  • Place research and innovation at the heart of plans for long-term economic growth. 
  • Secure prosperity by strengthening public investment in research and innovation.
  • Meet demand for research skills through a flexible and diverse workforce.
  • Strengthen policy by embedding expert advice across Government

This statement, 'Building a Stronger Future: Research, innovation and growth', unites the vision of all four Academies, which together speak for UK research and innovation across the full range of the natural, engineering, medical and social sciences, and the humanities.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:

"UK research is world leading. The innovation it drives is crucial for economic recovery and is the foundation of a knowledge economy. Long term investment which grows to match international competitors will benefit all of society. Support for medical science, for example, offers NHS patients the prospect of new and more effective treatments. The next Government must commit to making the UK the best place in the world to undertake such work to realise the clear social and economic gains it generates."

 

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