Growing Science in Wales

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Research in Wales received a welcome boost this week with the publication of a featured article in one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific journal Science.

The open access article,  published in Science on Friday 14 October provides a unique and independent profile of Wales’s scientific landscape and showcases some of the ground-breaking research that Wales has to offer across a range of academic disciplines. Like other countries that see knowledge-growth as a pillar of their economies, Wales has created a science agenda that aims not only to expand academic science, but also to translate science and technology into applications that fuel economic growth.

The Science feature which was written by a freelance journalist under Science’s editorial control is important in casting a timely spotlight on the nation’s scientific sector.  Science is one of the foremost scientific journals in the world, with an international readership of 570,400 readers each week and an online site that receives over 5.6 million visits from across the globe.

In 2013, an earlier featured article in Science highlighted the Welsh Government’s strategy and vision to make science a centrepiece of the Welsh economy through creating research jobs and new businesses.

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Professor Peter Halligan, Chief Executive of the Learned Society of Wales commented:

The Science feature provides a timely global exposure on the realisation of a bold strategy begun in 2012 to place research and scientific agenda at the heart of powering the economic growth of the nation.”