UKSPA Directory 2017 2017-18 - Page 16

016 UKSPA Directory 2017 UK science priorities for 2017 S t ephen me tca l fe MP, ch a ir of t he c ommons s cience a nd t echnology c ommit t ee , produced a s tat emen t of s cience priorities supp ort ed by e v idence a nd a dv ice from t he rese a rch a nd innovation c ommunit y… R E G U L AT I O N AND TRADE Metcalfe’s report backs the optimisation of the UK regulation and regulatory process to continue supporting cutting-edge science and trade while keeping people and the environment safe and earning public confidence. A comprehensive review of regulations will enable the UK to take a leading position in the development and commercialisation of new products. AND NE T WORKS TION COLLABORA UK researchers will continue to engage with the brightest and best wherever they are in the world. Domestic policy and future funding mechanisms must therefore support the UK’s ambition as a science and innovation collaborator, making an authoritative contribution to international research strategy and the debate on global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance.