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UK industry research chief to speak at BPS annual conference

29 March 2019

The way that psychology research has an impact on public policy will be discussed by Chief of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Sir Mark Walport at the BPS annual conference.

In his keynote address – UK Research and Innovation, Psychology and Society – Sir Mark will highlight the impact of psychology research on society and consider new initiatives, challenges and opportunities facing researchers. He will also outline how UKRI supports research in psychology.

Created last year, UKRI brought together seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England, combining a budget of more than £6 billion.

It recently announced more than £270 million spending on new non-EU international collaborations, with the bulk of the money going to humanitarian projects in developing countries. The funding is seen as a new approach to supporting research that benefits society. 

Commenting on the new approach, Sir Mark said:

“From tackling climate change to preventing and treating infectious diseases, the search for knowledge is a global endeavour that requires collaboration between the world’s best minds.”


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