Royal Society report Knowledge Networks and Nations

21st March 2011

In March, the UK’s Royal Society published its report, Knowledge Networks and Nations, on the global scientific landscape in 2011. The report was led by a high-level Advisory Group of leaders and experts in international science and science policy, chaired by Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS, Director of Energy Research at the University of Oxford and former Director General of CERN. The report drew on evidence, analysis and extensive consultation with scientists and policymakers from around the world.

Highlights of the report include the shift to an increasingly multipolar scientific world, underpinned by the rise of new scientific powers, such as China, India and Brazil; as well as the emergence of scientific nations in the Middle East, South-East Asia and North Africa. Also of note is their evidence and analysis regarding the increasing interconnectedness of the scientific world. The data we have gathered as part of our case study work on synthetic biology, nanotechnology, disease reporting, vaccine development and toxin production is also illustrates this increasingly globalised and interconnected scientific landscape.

To download the Royal Society report, please follow the link to the PDF of the Royal Society's Knowledge Networks and Nations report.

To download our four-page case study briefs go to:

James Revill, Kai Ilchmann, Caitríona McLeish & Paul Nightingale, Proposals for changing the S&T Reviews, 2011

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