'Making science central to diplomacy is vital if we are to address the challenges of the future'
Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary, July 2004
Science and Innovation (S&I) shape our world – driving economic prosperity, our social development and providing some of the tools and solutions to help with the global challenges of our common future.
The FCO has established a Network of S&I officers to ensure we are best placed to integrate science and diplomacy. With almost 40 posts, the Network is spread across 20 countries, but more and more FCO posts around the world are developing S&I activities. FCO Minister Ian Pearson summed up the approach of the S&I Network in a Ministerial Statement.
There are four main drivers for the FCO's S&I work: UK Science and Innovation Policy, FCO Strategic Priorities, research priorities and technology priorities. The framework for action is set out in the FCO's Science & Technology (S&T) Strategy. S&I contribute to all eight of the FCO’s strategic international priorities, but the main focus of the Network is to help promote UK economic interests in an open and expanding global economy (Strategic Priority 5).
The Science & Innovation Group (SIG), which was set up within the FCO to manage and support the Network, produces an Annual Report, which highlights some of the activities of the S&I Network over the last year, and gives brief profiles of the members of the network.
The locations of S&I attachés at UK Missions overseas are published here, along with links to other S&I websites.
For more information on the Science & Innovation Group or the Network, please contact:
Science and Innovation Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Room WH 424
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH
Tel: 020 7008 8288
Fax: 020 7008 8289