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A manifesto for an industrial science and innovation strategy

SCI unveiled its Manifesto for an Industrial Science & Innovation Strategy in August 2023.

The manifesto explains what we need as a country to catch up to – and then outsprint - our competitors. Crucially, this manifesto needs to be read in the context that the UK trails science savvy rivals – and drastically so.

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The story of SCI begins in 1881

When a prominent group of forward-thinking scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs founded The Society of Chemical Industry. Our founding members went on to set up major businesses, producing many of the daily products we recognise today...

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