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Lords Committee hears from Foreign Office Chief Scientific Adviser


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ext Tuesday, 23 February, the Lords Science and Technology Committee will take evidence from Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Committee will ask a range of questions regarding how the international profile of UK science and our relationships with international bodies are influenced by our membership of the EU. 

The session is part of a wider examination of the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of UK science, research and innovation.

Questions which the Committee will put to Professor Robin Grimes could include:

  • Is the UK making the most of opportunities afforded by our EU membership for international science diplomacy?
  • How does the UK's EU membership affect our bilateral relationships with non-EU countries such as the USA and China in terms of science?
  • What is the EU's role in the UK's interactions with UN agencies that are related to science? 
  • Do you agree with the view that the UK is viewed globally as a “gateway to Europe”? 
  • Could the UK science community develop healthy relationships with the EU if we were an Associated Country like Norway or Switzerland?
  • Does the UK's membership of the EU influence the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's network of science diplomats?

The evidence session will start at 10.40am on Tuesday 23 February in Committee Room 4a of the House of Lords.

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