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How do we ensure Scotland realises its potential as a world leader in scientific research?

20 October 2023

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear evidence on Scotland’s scientific research capability, in the first evidence session of its inquiry on science and Scotland, on Monday 23 October at 3pm.  

Representatives of Scottish academic and research organisations will respond to questions on the opportunities for scientists in Scotland today, barriers to investment, and Scotland’s place in the international research community.  

In light of the UK Government’s new associate membership of Horizon Europe and its commitment to fund 40% of new research outside the south-east of England by 2030, MPs will seek to understand the ways in which government action can help the sector to flourish. 

Likely areas of questioning

The Committee is likely to examine whether existing funding structures, such as the Research Excellence Framework, will ensure science in Scotland receives adequate support to continue its growth. MPs are also likely to look closely at whether Scottish universities and independent research organisations are equipped to support research and development in Scotland. 


Monday 23 October

Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 3pm

  • Professor Christina Boswell, Universities Scotland  
  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE FRSE, Royal Society of Edinburgh  
  • Professor Maggie Gill, Scottish Science Advisory Council  
  • Dr Mette High, Alliances for Research Challenges 

Further information

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