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Government unveils roadmap for making UK a “science superpower”

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2684 (Published 06 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2684

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  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The government has published a plan for strengthening science, research, and innovation to help the economy and society recover from covid-19 and to “build a greener, healthier and more resilient UK.”1

Before covid-19 the science community had warned of the damage that Brexit would do to the UK’s science base in terms of lost research funding and collaborative opportunities, as well as difficulties in recruiting top scientists.2

Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said that the roadmap provided welcome recognition of the critical role that research and innovation played in the UK’s future and the global recovery from covid-19. “The UK’s track record of innovation has never been more important,” he said. “What’s more, investing in medical research will improve society …

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