Byline: Jadine Wringe
WALES today is host to a wealth of world-class research, much of which is carried out in its top universities.
This research is innovative and relevant, spanning a wide range of disciplines. This includes the Welsh Government's priority areas of the digital economy, low-carbon economy, health and biosciences; and advanced engineering and manufacturing.
Through knowledge transfer projects and interaction with business, this research brings vital income to the economy of Wales, and its groundbreaking discoveries impact not just locally and nationally, but on a global level. Research is especially important in the current economic climate to ensure Wales is at the cutting edge of technology, and well placed for future growth.
Chief scientific adviser for Wales, Professor John Harries, said: "Our vision in Wales is of a learning country, where highlyskilled and highly-qualified people are employed in hightechnology, high added-value companies."
Research is a significant source of income forWales, and in 2009/10, universities in Wales received almost pounds 236m in research income. This funding allows for much of the high-impact research to take place within Welsh universities and particularly within the St David's Day Group, which comprises of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities.
These institutions are currently collaborating on Welsh Crucible, an innovative project which highlights the quality of research expertise within Wales.
The 2011Welsh Crucible Programme, based on the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts' highly-successful Crucible development programme, was funded by Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, with contributions from the five-partner universities. The programme brought together 30 highly-promising Welsh researchers who took part in three intensive two-day workshops.
They were encouraged to make connections with researchers from other disciplines and share research ideas. …