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The Government Office for Science: ANNUAL REVIEW 2010-11
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GO-Science Annual Review 2010-11 1 Contents Contents ..............................................................................................................................................1Foreword .............................................................................................................................................2About us ..............................................................................................................................................3Role of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser ................................................................................3GO-Science at a glance ......................................................................................................................52010 - 2011 Highlights ........................................................................................................................7Working across government ...........................................................................................................10Civil contingencies ............................................................................................................................10Natural hazards.................................................................................................................................11Health and biotechnology .................................................................................................................12Food, water and energy ....................................................................................................................13Resources for science ......................................................................................................................15Science in Government ...................................................................................................................16Guidance and advice ........................................................................................................................16Science and Engineering Assurance ................................................................................................17Completed reviews ...........................................................................................................................17Government Science and Engineering (GSE) ..................................................................................18GO-Science promotes joined-up working .........................................................................................19Council for Science and Technology .............................................................................................21Science in Parliament ......................................................................................................................23A strategic approach to the future ..................................................................................................24Foresight programme ........................................................................................................................24International engagement ................................................................................................................28Representing the UK internationally .................................................................................................28Annex: Key publications .................................................................................................................31Annex: Acronyms .............................................................................................................................33Further information ..........................................................................................................................34
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GO-Science Annual Review 2010-11 2 Foreword Science and engineering are critical both to the Government’s effective and timely response to today’s pressing issues and to its consideration of future priorities and policies. As Government Chief Scientific Adviser, I am responsible for ensuring that decision-makers at the highest levels in government have access to the very best advice and evidence from across the scientific and engineering disciplines. I am supported directly in this work by the Government Office for Science, and by the cross-government network of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers. During the period covered by this report, the Government Office for Science led and supported a wide range of cross-Whitehall efforts to address today’s global ‘Grand Challenges’. This included engaging with the development and delivery of policy and practical solutions in the areas of, for example, the challenges of food, energy and water security, increasing population and urbanisation. These challenges are intimately linked, and developing action with global partners to meet them will rightfully continue to demand our attention over the forthcoming year and beyond. The events of 2010-11 also served to demonstrate the Government's commitment to science and engineering underpinning the UK’s response to unforeseen civil contingencies. A Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies was activated on two occasions; following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in April 2010, and again in March 2011 following the incident at the Fukushima nuclear power station, Japan. Chaired by me, each SAGE comprised experts from within government, academia and industry, and provided advice to the Cabinet on the unfolding scenarios and action that might be taken. This report sets out these and other issues that my Office and I have been involved with over the past year, and shows science and engineering in government going from strength to strength. I have every confidence that this will continue.
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