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Research is best played as a long-term game

John Armitt

From the latest advances in high-end computing to Nobel prize winning work on the wonder material graphene, during the five years I have spent as chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, I’ve seen some fascinating, cutting-edge developments in the research it supports.

Like most people outside academia, I had not fully realised, when I first took up the role, just how long it can take for projects to mature and then be translated into benefits for society.

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