As a strong supporter of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the IET recently hosted a reception celebrating the organisation’s 25th anniversary.
Originally known as “Save British Science”, CaSE is a leading advocate for science and engineering in the UK.
It has the support of many professional bodies, universities and companies as well as strong support across the political spectrum.
The anniversary reception was held on 13 January at IET London: Savoy Place, where guests were welcomed by Dr Mike Short, Deputy President of the IET.
Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts MP, former Government Chief Scientist Lord May and Save British Science cofounders Professor Denis Noble and Dr John Mulvey gave their views on major policy issues facing the UK over the next 25 years.
These included greater investment in research and development, a better environment for innovation, stronger science and engineering education, getting more scientists and engineers into parliament and improving access and diversity in the science sector.
IET Head of Policy Paul Davies said: “The IET congratulates CaSE on its 25th anniversary. With the UK facing a myriad of serious issues, from climate change to economic stability, the need for engineering and science to have an active voice in public policy has never been so important.”
CaSE was formed on the 13 January 1986 when 1,500 scientists paid for the publication in The Times of an advert calling on the government to “Save British Science”.
For more information on CaSE, please visit www.sciencecampaign.org.uk.