Science boffins and parliamentarians mingled this week at a briefing to highlight the importance of funding science and its benefits to the UK economy.North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, who attended the event organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics, said: 'I met scientists who told me how university research in chemistry and physics has spawned innovations and inventions that are now creating jobs and economic growth nationwide.

'Mary Glindon added: 'the UK science base produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly cited publications, with only 4.1% of the world’s researchers. It needs long-term investment to increase its palpable benefits and I also think that science is an excellent career choice for young people in North Tyneside and beyond.' Professor Dominic Tildesley, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: 'We have the evidence to show that Britain is a world leader in science and that Government investment in science boosts the UK economy.

There are innovative projects and companies springing up all the time and we want to see a commitment to a long-term strategy for increasing investment to ensure that we all continue to benefit from our scientific success.Professor Tom McLeish, Vice-President, Science, at the Institute of Physics, said, 'Investing in science and engineering drives economic growth and is at the heart of advances and innovation in healthcare, communications and national security.

The UK has a unique, interdisciplinary ecosystem of innovation between global businesses and universities that we must nurture if it is to deliver the innovation-based supply chains, manufacturing and exports of tomorrow.'

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