Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) met in a joint public session in Washington, D.C. The Councils identified shared topics of interest and discussed how science and technology can help our countries and the world anticipate, mitigate, and respond to known and unforeseen risks. PCAST and CST also explored the potential for the United States and United Kingdom to deepen cooperation around emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

Following the public meeting, PCAST and CST sent a joint letter to President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, outlining shared priorities for ongoing collaboration and the sharing of expertise between the two Councils. 

“In his State of the Union earlier this month, President Biden invited us to build the future together. That means working with our partners around the world to bolster creative innovation that will enable us to meet global challenges head-on and achieve our nation’s great aspirations,” said PCAST co-chairs Arati Prabhakar, Frances Arnold, and Maria Zuber. 

“The longstanding science and technology partnership between the United Kingdom and United States supports vital research and innovation across both our countries and strengthens our capacity to respond to global challenges,” said CST co-chairs Lord Browne of Madingley and Dame Professor Angela McLean. “We look forward to continuing to work with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on issues of mutual importance.”

The United States and United Kingdom are global leaders in scientific research, discovery, and innovation.  Working together, the two nations can harness their scientific and technological capabilities to build the resilience needed to face complex global challenges – such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and health – and to open up possibilities for creating a better and more equitable world.

Text of the letter to President Biden and Prime Minister Sunak is available here.

A recording of the panel presentations and discussion on the interconnected nature of global challenges is available here.


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