Here in Britain our Minister for Universities and Science is the Right Honourable (Rt Hon) David Willetts. He’s been in that job since 2010.
From March this year, you might choose to read Mr Willetts’ article ‘The Importance of Science and Engineering Education to Our Society Is Ever-Growing.’ You can see more about what he’s been doing here.
In Parliament last month, Mr Willetts responded to a question about funding for science and research. His speech was quite long, as political speeches are. Here’s a snippet.
‘We are aiming to make Britain the best place in the world to do science. That is partly a matter of financing and partly about the wider context and culture. For example, our lead in the global debate on open access and open data ensures that we are seen as serious players in the science debate. Indeed, I look forward to putting on the agenda for discussions with G8 Science Ministers in London, just over a week from now, what we can do to agree on further progress towards open access to research findings internationally and—even trickier, probably—how we can ensure greater access to the data behind the research findings. In that respect, there are a host of rather tricky technical questions about standards for the storing, and hence the mining, of data. We can be proud of what we are trying to do to support Britain’s excellent reputation on science.’