December 2021 E-bulletin
CaSE Annual Lecture | Spending Review | CaSE Board | Engagement | Consultation
CaSE Annual Lecture with the Director of the NSF
November 29th saw the science and engineering community come together for the 2021 CaSE Annual Lecture. The lecture was given by the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan, on 'Placing science and innovation at the heart of the US and UK's future'. Thanks to Elsevier for their sponsorship and to everyone who attended.

The lecture is the organisation's flagship event and has been hosted since our founding as Save British Science in 1986. You can now read our write-up of the event, as well as watching a video of the full lecture and the accompanying Q&A session. Do feel free to circulate this onto anyone you think would find the lecture of interest. 
CaSE and the 2021 Spending Review
Throughout the year CaSE has been working hard to secure a positive outcome for UK science and engineering in the Autumn Spending Review. The Government has now committed to investing £20 billion in R&D by 2024/25 and while we’re disappointed that they’ve pushed their £22bn target back to 2026, the result represents a good settlement for the R&D sector.

Here we've set out the important role CaSE played in influencing the outcome of the review, using our expert analysis, political nous, long-standing media relations, engaged membership and sector-wide networks. You can read our initial response to the review, as well as further analysis. We’ve also rated the review against each of the five points of our R&D roadmap
Why does the world need CaSE?
Following her appointment to the CaSE Board of Trustees, Jane Hughes has written for our guest blog, on why she wanted to join the board and why the organisation is so important for the future of UK science and engineering. You can read more about her appointment to the Board, as well as Perdita Fraser and Kim Graham, here.

The announcements took place at the 2021 Annual General Meeting. We've now published Executive Director Professor Sarah Main 's AGM address on CaSE's activities and successes for the year, particularly the start of our Discovery Decade projectInspiring Innovation report and work around this Autumn’s Spending Review.  
Engagement with the sector
CaSE having taken part in a number of events recently, including a Westminster Forum conference on STEM education and the Executive Director presenting a careers seminar at UCL's Cancer Institute.

CaSE held one-on-one meetings with a number of organisational members including the Royal Society of Biology, British Ecological Society, Bruntwood SciTech, Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Jisc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, and visiting AstraZeneca's new R&D campus in Cambridge.

CaSE also met with the Academy of Medical Sciences, Fragomen, NPL, the Royal Society, and UK Onward, as well as holding discussions with officials at HM Treasury, BEIS and UKRI.
Opening consultations
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
Deadline: 14th January
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