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Government science review 

Challenges remain for the UK’s publicly owned research institutions four years after a review called for them to be nurtured, according to the Government Office for Science. In 2019, Go-Science urged the government to provide more long-term support for Public Sector Research Establishments, warning of underinvestment in, and underutilisation of, public laboratories. PSREs include well-known institutions such as the Met Office and Natural History Museum, alongside many other nationally important bodies. In a 9 January update to its 2019 Science Capability Review, Go-Science said that “challenges remain in funding and governance” of PSREs, and that “science missions of public laboratories need to be better defined”. 

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