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Royal Society launches enquiry on long-term prospects for UK science and innovation -

The UK's Royal Society has embarked on an 11-month enquiry into the role that science will play in equipping the nation to meet the economic, social and environmental challenges of the next 50 years. The study, titled 'The Fruits of Curiosity: science, innovation and future sources of wealth', will look beyond the current 10-Year Investment Framework to assess the long-term direction of UK research policy and investment.

The study will identify areas of science and research where the UK already has, or could soon occupy, a position of global leadership. It will look at how the nation's scientific and research strengths can be maintained in the context of increasingly fierce global competition. It will also recommend how more of world-class ideas can be translated into new products, services and economic opportunities.

The enquiry is set against the backdrop of an economic crisis which has prompted intense debate about the sectoral mix of the UK economy. The study will be led by Sir Martin Taylor, Vice President of the Royal Society, and will draw on the expertise of a high-level Advisory Group, which includes two Nobel Laureates; leaders of high-tech, research-intensive companies; two former Ministers for Science; Richard Lambert, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry; Dame Ann Dowling FRS FREng, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge; Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust; and Prof. Helga Nowotny, Vice-President of the European Research Council.

The enquiry is in some ways expected be a UK equivalent to the US National Academies' 2005 study, 'Rising Above the Gathering Storm'. The US study is observed to have had a profound impact on science policy debates internationally, and shaped many of the policies now being adopted by the Obama administration.

The Fruits of Curiosity report will be published in March 2010 during the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society. While celebrating the vision of its founders in 1660, the Society wants to reaffirm the vital contribution that science has and continues to make to wealth creation, social progress and environmental sustainability.

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