Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Annex 2

Additional information from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


  1.  The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. We aim to provide high-quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government.


  2.  In the context of risk, the ESRC Centre for social and economic research on innovation in genomics (Innogen) is involved in the risk work package of the detection and identification of infectious diseases Foresight Project. The Project aims to draw on the best available evidence to review and compare future risks from infectious diseases using a common set of metrics to: identify the factors driving changes in risk; assess how the size and nature of risks are evolving; and indicate the range of plausible future patterns of risk, taking account of the needs and views of the wider stakeholder community. The work will cover plant, animal and human infectious diseases, in Africa, China and the UK, but has not yet formally reported.

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