Science and innovation underpin the economies of both France and the UK. Encouraging work between the two countries therefore produces benefits for both.
To promote international collaboration the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network based in 31 countries around the world.
There is a dedicated Science and Innovation team at the British Embassy in France; France is considered a key partner to the UK on science and innovation and is second only to Germany in the 2012 European Industrial R&D scoreboard. The team’s work aims to enhance collaboration and lead to mutual benefits for the UK and France.
For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in France, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here
The Science and Innovation Network team in France works to the following global objectives:
- Influence science and innovation policies of French government, industry and academia to benefit the UK
- Improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges with France
- Collaboration & Partnerships
- Stimulate strategic science collaborations with France to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
- Harness French international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability
Our recent successes
- The UK government has made the treatment of dementia a priority. Over the past year, 120 young leaders in the field of dementia have attended workshops organised by the UK Science and Innovation Network in Ottawa, Tokyo, Washington DC and London. As part of this initiative, the SIN France team, in partnership with JPND and Alzheimer’s Europe, organised the gathering of 44 of Europe’s brightest young leaders in dementia research from 18 countries in London on 27 February 2015 to discuss innovative ideas to address the disease. Six of the young leaders from the global network were invited to attend the first ever WHO Ministerial conference on Dementia, which took place in Geneva 16-17 March 2015. For more information please visit the Dementia Challenge website and the “Young Leaders in Dementia” Storify site.
- The team successfully worked towards the signing of a Cooperation Agreement on Space, and new agreements on civil nuclear R&D cooperation at the 2014 Franco-British Summit
- The team made a significant contribution to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s report on managing risk and innovation, published November 2014, which featured detailed contributions from influential French organisations such as France Stratégie and La Fabrique de l’Industrie, following an event organised by the Embassyin April 2014 in Paris on the theme.
- SIN France organised a UK cell therapies showcase event at the Ambassador’s Residence in the margins of the International Society for Cellular Therapies (ISCT) global conference in Paris. UKTI LSO and Cell Therapies Catapult presented the UK offer to over 180 international experts.
- SIN France and SIN Germany organised a trilateral energy storage workshop in October 2014, bringing together around 35-40 participants from government, business and research to discuss policy best practice and the policy and market mechanisms needed for a coherent European approach. A report has been published underlining the key themes. See also the video on the workshop.
Emily Hamblin Head of Science and Innovation, West Europe
Alison MacEwen Senior Science & Innovation Advisor
Sara Gill Science & Innovation Advisor
Science & Innovation Team
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