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23 October 2023 - Science and Scotland - Oral evidence

Committee Scottish Affairs Committee
Inquiry Science and Scotland

Monday 23 October 2023

Start times: 2:30pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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

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.  

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Science and Scotland
Chair at Scottish Science Advisory Council
representing at Universities Scotland
representing at The Royal Society of Edinburgh
representing at Alliances for Research Challenges

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. 


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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