1.Cross-government approach on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa The SCOR Board was briefed on UK’s new partnership approach with Africa and the role of on...
The SCOR Board received an update on the impact of the ongoing pandemic on UKCDR projects and operations and approved a revised workplan, including:
The Board discussed the recently announced merger of DFID and FCO (now Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, FCDO). Members encouraged further discussion on how UKCDR could support data needs for decision making in the context of these changes.
The Board heard that UKCDR would publish a set of impact success stories designed to highlight the value of Official Development Assistance (ODA) research and development in August, accompanied by a virtual event and press release linking the case studies to current key challenges. Members also agreed to schedule an ad-hoc meeting of the Board in September to discuss prioritisation and matters related to the Spending Review.
It was announced that the term of the current Chair of the SCOR Board, Prof. Peter Piot, would conclude at the end of 2020. The Board thanked Prof. Piot for his dedicated service and mandated UKCDR to lead on a recruitment process for a successor. It also appointed a Selection Committee, comprising three SCOR Board members, to oversee and support the process.
Attendees: Prof Peter Piot (Chair), Director, LSHTM (Independent); Prof Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser, DFI; Prof Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust; Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser, DHSC; Prof Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies (Independent); Prof Fiona Watt, Executive Chair, MRC (UKRI representative), Harriet Wallace, Director International Science and Innovation, BEIS, Prof Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair, AHRC (UKRI representative); Marta Tufet, Executive Director, UKCDR; Mimoza Murati, Executive Assistant, UKCDR (Minutes)
Apologies: Prof Jo Beall, Director Cultural engagement, British Council
Presentations: Henrike Grund, Alice Norton, Laura Scott, Emma Clegg (all UKCDR)