Funding Welsh Science

Last updated: 18 October 2011

A year on from the UK Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, Adam Walton and guests discuss the effect of the cuts on science in Wales.

Broadcast Tuesday 18th October at 7pm

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Astronomy, artificial intelligence, biofuels, gravitational waves, internet technologies, hydrogen fuel cells and antimatter.... those are just a few of the areas of scientific research in Wales that Science Café has reported on this year. But none of this creativity, innovation and scientific boundary-pushing would have happened if it hadn't been for one absolutely critical resource.

Money.

A year on from the UK Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, Adam asks how deep the cuts are biting for Welsh science. For years Welsh Universities have managed to secure only a small proportion of the UK's scientific research budget. So now, when there's even less money available, where do we focus our priorities so that our science can still make an international impact? And how do we ensure that, despite the Welsh Government cutting the University budget by 9 per cent, we can give the next generation of scientists the best possible education?

Joining Adam to discuss the future for Welsh science funding are Prof. John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University and Chair of Higher Education Wales; Prof. Philip Gummett, Chief Executive of HEFCW, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales; and Prof. Gareth Morgan, Head of the College of Medicine at Swansea University and Vice Chair of the Welsh Government Life Sciences Panel.


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