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Over six months in 2010 a major refurbishment of the Library and Archives took place, thanks to the generosity of the Wolfson Foundation and several other key donors. The Royal Society Centre for History of Science opened in June and will build on our current excellent service and introduce a range of new and interactive features and facilities. The Centre makes our unique collections more accessible, both to those visiting the centre in person and to those logging in remotely and will provide improved facilities for readers. An ambitious programme of cataloguing and digitisation will make it easier to explore the collections, with the new space providing a greater capacity to mount exhibitions based on the collections.
African science has received a boost with a £3.3 million partnership between the Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Society to fund collaborations between scientists in Ghana, Tanzania and the UK. The funding will be allocated though new Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Awards which will provide up to £150,000 over three years for 18 research projects. The scheme ‘s five research priority areas – agriculture, water, sanitation, basic human health research, and biodiversity and energy – have been selected by African colleagues as challenges in which science can have the most impact on the lives of Africans.
Innovation is essential in today’s knowledge economy and to bring the maximum benefit of science to pressing human and environmental challenges. The Royal Society Enterprise Fund is a national effort to support a culture of scientific innovation by encouraging scientists and engineers to seek entrepreneurial applications of their research. The Fund makes early stage seed investments in technology enterprises emerging from the scientific community with financial gains from successful projects returning to the Fund to be used for further investment, making it sustainable in the long term.
A leadership gift from the Kavli Foundation enabled the Royal Society to purchase the 18th century Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire and establish the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, a facility dedicated to the advancement of science. The Centre will host a programme of major scientific meetings; high level ‘round tables’ and policy forums at national and international level; bilateral meetings with other academies; science policy meetings; and a programme of science and mathematics education activities to support policy makers and teachers.
The Royal Society is grateful to the many individuals, foundations and corporations who have made leadership gifts. The Presidents' Circle is one way of thanking them for their generosity and of celebrating the work that their donations support. We are proud to acknowledge their support in the following ways:
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