Royal Society responds to new Industrial Strategy

27 November 2017

The UK government has today published its new industrial strategy white paper.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, says:

“We welcome the government’s new industrial strategy, which invests in our strengths as a knowledge-based economy and sends a bold, positive message that the UK is a global leader in research and innovation. The white paper commits much needed funding to develop the skills our young people need for the high-skilled jobs of the future. The pledge for additional investment in research & development will further bolster our world-leading research sector, which has the people, ideas and institutions needed to position ourselves at the forefront of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and clean energy. These are smart investments for the future, but we must also make sure that we continue to invest in the kind of basic science that will lead to completely new knowledge, which will become the foundation for transformative new industries and prosperity for generations to come.”