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Science and Technology - Third Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 2 May 2002.


CONTENTS

REPORT

SUMMARY

CHAPTER 1: summary of recommendations

CHAPTER 2: Introduction

The Dainton Report

Origin and scope of this inquiry

CHAPTER 3: IS SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY in decline?

The definition of systematic biology

A continuing decline in systematic biology?

Systematic biology research since 1992: a mixed fortune

Grant-in-aid funding: a real-terms decline

Universities

Decrease in professional and amateur taxonomists?

On-going Research Council funding

The Darwin Initiative

Co-ordination, collaboration and priority-setting

Conclusion

CHAPTER 4: Does the decline in systematic biology matter?

The uses of systematic biology

Providing a common language

Identifying species that are of value or harmful to mankind

Conserving biodiversity

Identifying Species: Are we running out of time?

Tools for biodiversity conservation

Difficulties in obtaining information

Descriptions of species to underpin conservation

Conclusion

CHAPTER 5: What needs to be changed?

Grant-in-aid funding

Clear outline of conservation policy

Universities and the RAE

BBSRC Academic Analogue Status

Accessibility, co-ordination and priorities

Attracting people to systematic biology: school education and beyond

The Darwin Initiative

Conclusion

 

Appendix 1: List of members of Sub-Committee I

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Appendix 4: Summary of Systematic Biology Research (1992) and Government response

Appendix 5: Seminar held at the Natural History Museum, London - 23 January 2002

Appendix 6: Visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 4 February 2002

Appendix 7: The United Kingdom's Biodiversity Commitments

Appendix 8: Questionnaire regarding resources spent on systematic biology

HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY RECENT REPORTS

(Q) refers to a question in oral evidence.

(p) refers to a page of written evidence.

The evidence supporting the Report is printed in a second volume, HL Paper 118(ii).

 


 
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