Science and Technology Committee to hold a ‘Brexit: Science and Innovation’ summit

The Science and Technology Committee’s summit, focusing on the future of the science and innovation sector, will take place on Thursday 22 February 2018 (9am–12.30pm) at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. The summit will identify the actions that need to take place to mitigate risks for the sector associated with the UK leaving the EU, and to identify the best means to exploit emerging opportunities.

The Committee will present the results at the start of the phase-II negotiations with the EU, in order to guide the Government in its discussions.

AsSIST-UK has submitted written evidence to the Committee, which can be found here:

AsSIST_UK_Jan 2018_comment on post-Brexit

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AsSIST-UK/Parliamentary S&T Select Committees joint meeting

AsSIST-UK members joined with members of of both the House of Commons and House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committees to discuss how the Association can build lines of communication and policy advice to parliament. The meeting was extremely valuable and plans are underway to take various agreed actions forward. Details of the meeting can be found here AsSIST_UK + ST Select Comm meeting_agenda

New Science Minister appointed

Patrick Vallance, president of research and development at the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, has been appointed as chief scientific adviser, the UK government announced on 8 November.

AsSIST-UK member and science policy expert, James Wilsdon, c hopes that Vallance will act as a bridge between the science community and policymakers, and will be open to a wide range of people and perspectives. The network of chief scientific advisers is not yet operating at full strength, he says, “so re-energising the collegiality and connectivity of that network though Whitehall is a really important thing”.

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