British Academy responds to announcement of Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
7 Feb 2023
The British Academy has responded to the announcement of a new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.
Hetan Shah, Chief Executive of the British Academy, commented:
“The creation of a new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology sounds a clear message about the value of research and development towards the long-term prosperity, health and security of the UK and the world.
"We are delighted to see a broad definition of science being united with innovation and technology, which will bring benefits for both society and the economy. We urge the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology to forge close and collaborative links with the newly refocused Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The UK's creative industries are world leading and draw heavily from disciplines across the humanities as well as the broader science base. These subjects and those within the social sciences play an equally important but often overlooked role in unlocking innovation and new solutions.
“This is a critical time for science and research, with urgent live issues such as association to Horizon Europe on the agenda - which we hope will be a priority for the new Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology. We welcome this Government’s ongoing commitment to research and development. Remaining a world-leader in the social sciences and humanities will ensure we deliver economic, social and cultural benefits for the whole nation.”