Science: Why it matters to everyone
By Maeve Atkins, Communications Officer at the British Embassy in Washington.
You could say that science runs in my family. Later this year, after several years of studying the effects of influenza, my older brother will earn his Doctorate in virology. My younger sister studies food science and will soon be a registered dietitian. However, the subject was never my calling.
But as a member of the communications team at the British Embassy in Washington, my role is to promote UK government policies on a diverse range of topics, including science and innovation. Explaining UK excellence and why the public should care about government investments in this field can be a challenging task.
Last week, David Willetts, the UK Minister for Science and Universities, announced a new £300 million investment in global, cutting-edge science projects that will drive innovation. The UK is already a leader in global science and technology and the US is a major partner – so this is great news. The sheer scale of the investment will create £150 million each year, largely in terms of jobs and new technologies, from here on out.
UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago - Read Jack Westwood’s The Naked Scientists blog to learn more ›
PM encourages applications for the GREAT Tech Awards in NY
The GREAT Tech Awards will celebrate the strong relationship between the technology scenes in the UK and the US reinforcing the message that cities such as London and New York are leading hubs for technology and innovation. Prizes will be awarded to five New York-based technology companies in the fields of hardware, education, lifestyle, finance and media. An Advisors’ Choice Award will recognise a successful British tech company that has established a dynamic presence in the New York market.
To find out more visit TheGREATTechAwards.com ›
Promoting UK foods in the US
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson visited the Javits Center in New York to meet with UK vendors at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The vendors discuss why British food is GREAT and how UK Trade & Investment helps bring their products to international markets.