December 2019 E-Bulletin
Election 2019 | Place Agenda | Annual Lecture | New Board members | Sector Meetings
Putting science and engineering at the heart of Election 2019
 
With the Conservative Party winning a substantial majority in last week's General Election, the Prime Minister is now in a position to deliver on his ambitions to put UK science and engineering at the heart of Britain's future growth. 

Following the result CaSE called on the new Government to make every effort to ensure that the UK becomes the partner of choice for international collaborations, including with the EU, and transform the party's commitment to increasing research intensity to 2.4% of GDP into a reality.

During this election campaign CaSE conducted a broad portfolio of advocacy and analysis to promote the interests of UK research and innovation. This includes publishing a manifesto for science and engineering; writing to leaders of all political parties; analysing key manifesto commitments  (including from the Conservatives ), and holding a science and engineering election hustings

We look forward to the new Government working alongside CaSE and the entire community to ensure that UK science & engineering receives the funding, skills and partnerships to thrive into the next decade and beyond.
The Place Agenda

As part of our programme of work on the UK Government's ambition to increase research intensity, CaSE is producing an evidence base on place-based regional R&D investment and local economic growth. 

Through our wide-ranging membership spread across the UK, CaSE has been hosting a series of nationwide discussion events, the latest taking place in the North East of England and kindly hosted by NETPark.
This follows events held in London, Wales, the West Midlands and the West of England.  CaSE has also recently visited Scotland and Northern Ireland, meeting with a range of members and sector representatives to discuss harnessing the science and engineering potential of the nations and boost regional growth.

If you are a CaSE member and would like further details about how you can get involved please  get in touch .
Taking a closer look at business R&D and STEM indicators

With attention focused on the election campaign over the last six weeks, CaSE has still found time to analyse new data on business research and STEM education.

The recently published ONS statistics on business R&D reveals that business research investment is increasing, although overseas investment is more of a mixed picture.  Meanwhile the 2018 PISA results for science and maths show that pupils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are falling behind England, which in turn registers a larger attainment gap between its highest and lowest achievers.
CaSE Annual Lecture - Embedding Research in the Heart of Government

CaSE is delighted to announce that its Annual Lecture will be given by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance on 23rd January, hosted by the Francis Crick Institute.

We look forward to welcoming Sir Patrick's insight into how the science and engineering community can best inform government policymaking to meet the economic, health, security and environmental challenges of the future.

Unfortunately places for the event have already sold out, however we may be able to offer additional seating to CaSE organisational or individual members. If you are a member and have not already registered your interest in attending the event, please get in touch.
New appointments to the CaSE Board of Directors

CaSE is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Professor Sir Ian Boyd is a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews and former Chief Scientific Advisor at Defra, and Sinead Hesp is Director of Legal Affairs and Board Secretariat at the University of Manchester. 

The appointments took place at CaSE's 2019 Annual General Meeting, kindly hosted by the Geological Society. Executive Director Dr Sarah Main used her address at the AGM to take a look back and a look forward.
Engaging with Members and the Sector

Over the last month CaSE has held meetings with a wide range of organisational members including Airto, the Association of Medical Research Charities, University of Bradford, British Pharmacological Society, Cambridge University, Cancer Research UK, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, The Francis Crick Institute, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Science Centre, King's College London, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, Loughborough University, Merck, Queen Mary University of London, Prospect, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, UCB, University of Ulster, University of Westminster, Wellcome Trust, and the Zoological Society of London.

CaSE has also held meetings with the British Science Association, CBI, Foundation for Science and Technology, IPPR, NCUB, the Royal Academy of Engineering, TechUK, The Royal Society, The Russell Group, and Sense About Science.

Last month CaSE Assistant Director Dr Daniel Rathbone gave a talk on UK science policy at the Japanese Embassy in London. CaSE staff have also attended events organised by the Biochemical Society, Industrial Strategy Council, University of Nottingham and the Parliamentary Affairs Committee.
Guest Blog 

Malcolm Scott, Corporate Development Officer at the Aerospace Technology Institute, on the hidden value that the UK aerospace industry can offer to boosting economy growth

Sir Adrian Smith, Institute Director and Chief Executive of The Alan Turing Institute, and Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL,  set out the findings from their new report on international partnership opportunities for UK research and innovation

Our Guest Blog series brings together topical comment and views from members and collaborators across the science and engineering sector. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please get in touch
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