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David Clary » Chief Scientific Adviser, London

Detecting Dangerous Nuclear Material

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An important symposium on the detection of nuclear material was held at Lancaster House from 1-2 November.  At the symposium I introduced Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP who spoke on the vital need to combat the illicit trafficking of nuclear material. The meeting was organised through the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and was organised by the FCO in collaboration with the AWE, the United States Defence Threat … Read more »Detecting Dangerous Nuclear Material

Nobel Prize in Medicine to John Gurdon

John Gurdon in his laboratory

The announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology to Sir John Gurdon (Cambridge University) has rightly been received with enthusiastic acclaim by the British science community. It is an acknowledgement of work done by a biological scientist who devised a decisive experiment which he implemented with great dexterity. As a young lecturer in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford exactly 50 years ago Gurdon published a … Read more »Nobel Prize in Medicine to John Gurdon

UK set to ride the wave of ocean energy

UK ERC

The UK has around 35% of Europe’s total wave resource.  We now have the largest wave and tidal development zone in the world in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park, as well as the announcement of an Energy Park in the South West of England earlier this year. The UK science and engineering community in our universities and companies has considerable strength and expertise in developing marine … Read more »UK set to ride the wave of ocean energy

The Higgs Boson: a triumph for International Science and Technology

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On 4 July 2012 it was announced at CERN, the particle physics facility in Geneva, that there is very strong experimental evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson – the missing ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics. Physicists claim that everything so far observed in the Universe is made from twelve basic fundamental particles, governed by four fundamental forces. Our best understanding of how these twelve particles, … Read more »The Higgs Boson: a triumph for International Science and Technology

Rapidly emerging Colombia: Impressions in Prosperity Month

Rafael Popper and Edwin Carmona from the British Council on the Science Delegation in Cali, Colombia.

Colombia is developing into a modern and dynamic economy through investment in science and innovation. I was a member of a delegation sent to Colombia to discuss opportunities for a stronger relationship in science and innovation with the UK. The delegation was organised by Peter Bainbridge (UK Embassy in Bogota) and Tunde Idowu (Department of Business Innovation and Skills). It also included Paul Simmonds (Technopolis Group), Rafael Popper (University of Manchester) and Geoff Gregson … Read more »Rapidly emerging Colombia: Impressions in Prosperity Month

European Workshop on Smart Grids – Policy, regulatory and social aspects of smart meters and applications

Guest blog by: Sara Cebrian & Fabien Deswarte, UK Science and Innovation Network in Europe. First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this blog and find out more about the work of the UK Science & Innovation Network. Our names are Sara Cebrian and Fabien Deswarte. We both work for the UK Government’s Science & Innovation Network (SIN) jointly funded by BIS and FCO. We are … Read more »European Workshop on Smart Grids – Policy, regulatory and social aspects of smart meters and applications

Scientific Digital Diplomacy

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A major role of Scientific Diplomacy is to improve international relations through scientific interactions between countries. We have just held the Conference of the UK Science and Innovation Network in London and there were many discussions on Scientific Diplomacy. A highlight of the meeting was the emerging activity of “Scientific Digital Diplomacy”. From our point of view, this involves exploiting modern digital communication methods such as social network sites, video and blogs to … Read more »Scientific Digital Diplomacy

50 billion connected wireless devices by 2020 – a smarter life?

The event took place inside the main UKTI TechWorld conference. The organisers are grateful to UKTI for their support

Guest blog by: Hazel Gibson, UK Science and Innovation Network in Europe. My name is Hazel Gibson and I am the Regional Manager for our Northern Europe team in Sweden, Finland and Denmark – part of the wider S&I Europe Network. The main aims of the S&I Network are to exchange science and innovation (S&I) policy best practice, and to boost international science and innovation collaboration. This drives growth and … Read more »50 billion connected wireless devices by 2020 – a smarter life?

European Nuclear Fission Researchers on a Tour of UK Research Facilities

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Guest blog by: Elisabeth Wallace, UK Science and Innovation Network in Europe. Four days to go before I join a European delegation for a tour of the UK Nuclear fission research facilities. It is a much anticipated event. Together with the host organisations in the UK, I have worked hard on putting together a programme which will both meet the scientific needs of the guests European researchers and reflect the … Read more »European Nuclear Fission Researchers on a Tour of UK Research Facilities

Emerging Science in India and Turkey

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  India and Turkey are prime examples where investment in science, technology and innovation has become a major component of emerging economies. I was fortunate to make short visits to both of these countries last week to see these developments for myself. India has several well-funded science collaborations with the UK facilitated by the Science and Innovation Network and organised by Research Councils UK. This includes research on global problems … Read more »Emerging Science in India and Turkey