Oxford East MP Andrew Smith met some of the scientists that are helping drive the UK economy at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics in Parliament on Tuesday 7 July.
He met with scientists to talk about UK success stories from research in both chemistry and physics, where innovations and companies have developed from work that began in university science departments. These successes from the UK’s science base are now creating jobs and economic growth across the UK.
The event highlighted the importance of long-term government funding to science and the benefits it has on the UK economy. The UK science and innovation system produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly cited publications, with only 4.1% of the world’s researchers.
Andrew said: “It was great to meet researchers from Oxford University, who are at the cutting edge of science innovation. There was plenty of evidence that physics and chemistry are contributing a great deal to our economy and also a clear message that science is an excellent career choice for young people to consider.”