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British Science Week: How ‘Connections’ can help Britain become ‘world’s next Silicon Valley’

10 March 2023

British Science Week, taking place on 10-19 March, celebrates UK technological advancements and how science improves our everyday lives, helping to inspire the next generation of scientists.

The theme for this year is ‘Connections’, focusing on how innovations are initially generated from connections built between working together, efficiently boosting businesses and the economy.
Last year, British Science Week held the theme ‘Innovating for the future’ and saw over 300 grants administered to schools and communities underrepresented in STEM by the British Science Association to boost engagement.
Since then, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has pushed for Britain to become “the world’s next Silicon Valley”, supported by the formation of the new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). The new department recently announced a new £370m investment plan to cement the UK as a global science and technology superpower by 2030.
Nadeem Gabbani, Founder and CEO of Exobotics, said: “Celebrating the advancements in science and engineering is important to recognise the progress made so far, and how we can continue to innovate as a nation.

"The Government investing in the science and technology industry represents how connections can empower businesses as many high-skilled jobs and developing technologies can emerge off the back of the large investment plans.”
“Connections between people and industries are significant in any business and pave the way to success for many SMEs. Current partnerships and investors provide a plethora of opportunities through support and guidance, playing an integral role in the space sector in particular.”
“Exobotics is committed to lowering the barriers to entry to space for its customers, acting as an in-house satellite development to support those within and outside of the space industry who may lack the resources, team skill or experience to execute a full space mission.

More connections built between industries such as FinTech, agriculture, mining and telecommunications can help bring new, unprecedented benefits to grow both businesses and the UK economy as a whole.”
“Continued emphasis on science, from government, businesses and people is vital in order for the UK to achieve its ambitious goals, and investment and support in infrastructure from businesses right the way through to education will play a big part in inspiring the next generation to pursue science.”

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