US is deepening transatlantic collaboration in science

5 April 2024 | Muriel Cozier

The EU and UK strengthen their ongoing relationships with the US with commitment to work on areas of mutual interest.

The US has been meeting counterparts in the EU and UK to cement its transatlantic collaborations and policies on science and innovation.

The EU-US Joint Consultative Group on Science and Technology Cooperation met in March in Washington DC. In a statement the parties said that their meeting addressed: ‘Current and future research and innovation cooperation in thematic areas including cancer research, climate-health connection, climate neutrality in aviation, transport research, circular economy, AI in research and innovation and bioeconomy research.’ There were also discussions on training and career development ‘with a view to seeking balanced transatlantic researcher flows.’

The meeting concluded with several agreements, including continued cooperation in the area of sustainable aviation fuels, and a commitment to ‘seek mutually beneficial research and innovation cooperation in support of sustainable agri-food systems’.

There was also discussion about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, with both parties stressing the importance of sustaining Ukrainian scientific talent through support mechanisms and fellowships programmes.

Also meeting in mid-March, the UK prime minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) and the US president’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), discussed the role of science and technology in response to global challenges and the potential for the US and UK to deepen cooperation around emerging technologies such as AI. The meeting, also held in Washington, marked the first time the parties had convened since 2016.

It concluded with a joint statement where the parties said that they would make progress in a number of areas including energy security and climate change, synthetic biology and public trust and engagement with science and technology.

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