REPRESENTATIVES from world-leading research centres around Scotland will gather for the first major summit of its kind today to discuss how to better use science and research to market Scotland abroad against the backdrop of Brexit. Leading figures from universities, colleges and research institutes will join Science Minister Richard Lochhead at the Science and Research Summit in Edinburgh to strengthen international collaboration and information sharing across disciplines.

Lochhead will lead a push to make the most of the country’s reputation as a science and research nation and increase the impact of Scotland’s research in tackling global challenges. He will tell the summit: “We already punch well above our weight and enjoy a global reputation as a welcoming, pro-science nation that supports research and innovation.

“I want to see what more we can do to increase our impact and extend our global role. With the challenges of Brexit already being felt, we must maintain our strong research links with Europe.

“This summit will bring key organisations together to strengthen these and other global collaborations, to enhance the reach of our message that Scotland is and will remain the perfect partner for science and research.”