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Leading UK research debuts at the 2018 AAAS annual meeting


Leading UK research debuts at the 2018 AAAS annual meeting

Leading UK scientists and academics will present their latest research findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) between 15-19 February 2018 in Austin, Texas, highlighting some of the UK's most recent scientific breakthroughs and demonstrating the UK is one of the best places in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

An exciting program of UK science and research will be exhibited during the annual meeting, delegates can meet mini supercomputer Wee Archie, use Proteus to diagnose lung disease and treatment and take a digital tour to see the UK’s historic Hillforts, archaeological sites scattered across Britain and Ireland, plus lots more. 

During the annual meeting, the UK Research and Innovation will host an international reception on the evening of 17 February. Professor Susan Hockfield, President of AAAS, and Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive for UK Research and Innovation, will be speaking. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with stand displays and cheer on local students competing in our robotics competition.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive for UK Research and Innovation, said: "The US is one of our key international partners in science and research and AAAS is the ideal forum to showcase the excellent research and innovation that is happening in the UK. Maintaining our reputation as a world-leader in research and innovation and strengthening our collaboration with leading research nations is one of UK Research and Innovation’s immediate priorities."

Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: "The UK is a global-leader in science, research and innovation and this event gives us a great opportunity to tell the world just how good we are.  As well as developing game changing science at home, over the last year we have worked with international partners on collaborations such as the DUNE project, which explores fundamental questions about our universe.

"Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are boosting this vital sector by investing an additional £4.7 billion by 2021 and with the creation of UKRI we will continue to push the boundaries of scientific discoveries and help deliver the high-skilled, high-value jobs that will make Britain fit for the future."

A series of talks will also be delivered by UK academics throughout the annual meeting include:

  • Dr Hugh Mortimer from  STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory - Developing an international scientific programme from scratch
  • Professor Melissa Westwood, University of Southampton - An overview of new approaches to STEM doctoral education in the UK
  • Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive for UK Research and Innovation – Reproducibility in research: Action for all
  • Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies - Connecting disciplines and engaging societal partners and communities
  • Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol - The inevitability of conspiracist discourse in science denial
  • Professor Gil McVean, Director, Big Data Institute - Building the human wiring diagram 
  • Dr Friederike Otto, Deputy Director, Environmental Change Institute - Understanding causality to inform decision-making under uncertainty

Case studies, announcements and news releases will be available throughout AAAS on the UKRI website.

Follow UK Research and Innovation on Twitter at @UKRI_News and use the hashtags #AAASmtg #UKatAAAS

For a full programme visit the AAAS website.

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