By Dr Supatra Marsh, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology
At a Science and Technology Committee meeting last week, Chair Andrew Miller MP introduced the new Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP as having ‘the best job in government’.
Greg Clark spoke passionately about his desire to ‘bring the whole of government together rather than getting involved in erecting boundaries’ and said that ‘it is usually to the disadvantage of the country when we operate in silos’.
As a PhD student this particularly resonated with me; in scientific research there is an increasing focus on the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations. We have made great progress but there is still a way to go. The Minister said that increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary research is an imperative part of the new science and innovation strategy; ‘breakthroughs and insights cannot be contained by particular disciplines’. Read more