Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Jane Imrie

UK set to become “global science superpower” under new government plans

The UK is set to establish itself as a “global science superpower” under new plans revealed by the government.

The government has today (June 21) unveiled new plans to launch a new National Science and Technology Council to boost the UK’s standing on the world stage as an authority in science.

Established and chaired by the Prime Minister, the council will aim to provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented: “From discovery to delivery, our vaccination programme has proven what the UK can achieve at scale and at speed.

“With the right direction, pace and backing, we can breathe life into many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that transform the lives of people across the UK and the world.

“That’s why I’m establishing a new ministerial council and office at the centre of government, so we can realise the limitless possibilities that research and technology has to offer and cement the UK’s place as a global science superpower.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance added: “The new Office for Science and Technology Strategy will put science and technology right at the heart of policy-making and strengthen the way we work across government to reinforce the position of the UK as a science superpower.

“I look forward to working with the National Science and Technology Council to help identify cutting-edge research and technologies that will deliver strategic advantage for the UK.”

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