La politique britannique concernant les infrastructures de recherche

Chronologie inversée des évènements

Publié le 13 février 2014, par Thérèse Hameau

  • Creating the future : a 2020 vision for science and research - a consultation on proposals for long-term capital investment in science and research (April 2014)

Our ambition is to make the UK the best place in the world to do science and research. This is why the government is making a long-term commitment to invest in science and research infrastructure. We are increasing capital investment in real terms to £1.1 billion in 2015 to 2016, growing in line with inflation each year to 2020 to 2021.

This consultation seeks views on how the UK makes the most of this opportunity.

The government will publish a ‘Science capital roadmap’. It will set out our long-term plan for a world-leading science and research infrastructure in the autumn. We’re seeking evidence to help inform the development of this plan.

  • Lords welcome Government’s move to consult on long-term science capital (4 February 2014)

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee today warmly welcomed the formal response from the Government to their Scientific Infrastructure report.

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In the Committee’s report, published in November 2013, they found that the potential and long term competitiveness of the UK’s large scale scientific resources were being compromised by the lack of a long term strategic investment plan.

The report also found that the UK was missing out on vital research opportunities because large scale scientific machinery was not being used to its maximum.

The Government has responded to the report by embracing the Committee’s central recommendations – that a long term, strategic plan is required for science capital. The Government says it will establish a Ministerial advisory group on long term strategy and capital investment. This group will advise Ministers on a strategic roadmap for science and research infrastructure, and on the other detailed recommendations in the Committee’s report.

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  • Research Councils UK (RCUK) Response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Second Report : Scientific Infrastructure (28 January 2014)

  • Government Response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report : Scientific Infrastructure (27 January 2014)

  • Lords Committee calls for investment plan for UK scientific infrastructure (21 November 2013)

The potential of the UK’s large scale scientific resources is being compromised by the lack of a long term strategic investment plan says the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in a report out today.

  • Committee Report : Scientific Infrastrucutre (HTML)
  • Committee Report : Scientific Infrastructure (PDF)

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The report, entitled Scientific Infrastructure, also finds that the UK is missing out on vital research opportunities because large scale scientific machinery is standing idle.

The UK boasts some of the most advanced large scale scientific infrastructure in Europe, ranging from the multimillion pound Diamond Light Source – a facility which generates light of exceptional brightness and quality enabling investigation of the structure and function of materials - to ice-strengthened polar research ships, to state-of-the-art supercomputers. Access to scientific infrastructure is important to UK industry and helps to stimulate economic growth. It also supports breakthrough research in fields from medical science to engineering.

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  • Science and Technology Select Committee | Oral and written evidence on the Inquiry into Scientific Infrastructure (15 July 2013)

  • Lords question Minister on long term strategy for scientific infrastructure (09 July 2013)

On Tuesday 9 July David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Science and Universities at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), is to be questioned by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on strategy and funding for medium and large scale scientific infrastructure.

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  • The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has launched an inquiry into scientific infrastructure. (24 May - 21 June 2013)

L’état des lieux de l’infrastructure scientifique au Royaume-Uni
Origine : BE Royaume-Uni numéro 127 (7/02/2014) - Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni / ADIT

http://www.bulletins-electroniques.com/actualites/75106.htm

La facilité d’accès des chercheurs aux infrastructures scientifiques est essentielle pour le développement de la recherche tant dans le secteur public que dans le secteur privé. La Chambre des Lords a enquêté sur l’état des lieux de l’infrastructure scientifique au Royaume-Uni, publiant un rapport en fin novembre dernier. Bien qu’il soit assez facile d’accéder aux divers équipements, le rapport exprime des interrogations sur la vision à long terme et la prise en charge des différents coûts de fonctionnement.

1. Définition

Selon le Forum stratégique européen pour les infrastructures de recherche, l’infrastructure scientifique est définie comme étant les grands équipements ou l’ensemble d’instruments ainsi que les ressources de connaissances telles que les collections, les archives et les banques de données qui sont ouverts à tous les chercheurs qui souhaitent les utiliser. La chambre des Lords a néanmoins élargi cette définition pour comptabiliser également les infrastructures de taille moyenne partagées au niveau régional et les laboratoires du secteur public. Dans le cadre de ce rapport, il s’agit ainsi de toute infrastructure scientifique nécessitant des dépenses initiales conséquentes, demandant souvent l’investissement en capital et ayant des coûts opérationnels ou récurrents importants.

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