The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s President, Dame Anne Glover FRS FRSE has commented on the Prime Minister’s speech on science and modern Industrial Strategy, which was delivered on 21st May 2018:
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s appreciation of the importance of science and technology for social and economic well-being and the UK Government’s commitment to increasing R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP. Science offers a huge opportunity to improve healthcare and transform lives for the better. To harness that potential to the full, we need on-going engagement with the public to build trust and understanding and help inform the application of new technologies, such as AI, as well as a sound regulatory framework. The Royal Society of Edinburgh is committed to supporting the effective use of science and technology as part of our wider commitment to ‘knowledge made useful”.