A historical view can help decision-making on emerging science and technology, say Sarah Parks and her colleagues.
The prospect of Brexit has prompted much discussion about the future of science and technology in the UK. That makes it a good time to consider how the country might effectively capitalise on the opportunities offered by emerging scientific and technological developments.
Understanding past efforts in this area can help inform decisions about science and technology oversight in the UK. That is the aim of a recently published historical review commissioned from RAND Europe by the Wellcome Trust.