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National Academies call on new Government to recognise importance of research and innovation

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With the country set to go to the polls on the General Election on Thursday, 8 June, the UK’s national academies have written to the party leaders urging them to recognise the evidence from across the world, which shows the value of research and innovation in driving UK growth and productivity.

As part of the letter, the Presidents of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society, have called on the new Government to send a bold, positive message that the UK is one of the best places in the world to research and innovate, and ensure that the world’s brightest and best entrepreneurs and researchers - from at home and abroad - can contribute their skills to Britain’s success.

The letter follows the National Academies' joint publication Open for Business.