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Our favourite maps and graphs of the year, and the stories they featured in

1. Rocky road to independence revealed

New principal investigators face ‘precarious’ working conditions and ‘very little’ job security, study finds. 


2. Climate change: A host of opportunities?

How to ensure UN climate conferences produce more than just hot air. 


3. EIT: Coming of age

The EU’s innovation networks are facing up to the end of their main source of funding. 


4. UK universities fail to regain top spot in education of world leaders

The United States has stretched its lead over the UK at the top of a league table of nations that have educated the most foreign leaders—amid ongoing concerns that international students are being deterred from coming to Britain. 


5. Scottish science minister fears Brexit blow

Richard Lochhead calls for clarity on research funding after EU exit. 


6. UK losing out in EU innovation pilot

Nation failing to mirror traditional success in other schemes with European Innovation Council. 


7. Science candidates pitch their promises ahead of election

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates commit to increasing R&D spend but differ on Brexit. 


8. Researchers in the dark over Jo Johnson’s successor

There is still no indication of who will replace Jo Johnson as science and universities minister, with the European Union’s research commissioner bemoaning the loss of an “ally”. 


9. White City dreams

How Imperial College London gambled big on an innovation district in west London. 


10. British biologist shares Nobel prize in physiology or medicine

Oxford and Crick scientist Peter Ratcliffe is one of three 2019 laureates.