In the lead up to the UK Government’s 2015 spending review, we worked with MPs and civil servants to demonstrate both macroeconomic evidence and concrete examples of how the country’s outstanding science base is bringing benefits to the UK.
Inspirational chemistry for a modern economy
The following case studies show how chemical scientists across the UK are designing drugs that improve human health, building diagnostics to improve the efficiency of healthcare, revolutionising materials, and developing new clean-energy technologies. We have limited ourselves to only a few, but there are many more in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) database online, and many new success stories in the making right now.
The innovations presented here all began in university chemistry departments – often with fundamental origins – but their impact is delivered with contributions from physics, biology, physiology, computer science, engineering, and many other disciplines. Collective strength helps us all achieve more.
It’s important that we do not become complacent, but these case studies show where things have gone well, and how, with sustained funding, we can continue to lead the world as a modern knowledge economy.
We hope you will join us in our mission and that these case studies can inspire and help in your own campaigning work. You can also download the PDF of the original Inspirational chemistry for a modern economy booklet that we launched in a Parliamentary event in June 2015.