DIUS on Twitter

If you’re interested in what the UK government is doing to support science, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills – which I’ve blogged about before – has a Twitter presence.

Yesterday, for instance, I’ve learned that Lord Drayson – the Minister of State for Science – is stopping off at ACAL Energy on his way to one of the UK road-trip cabinet meetings. ACAL produce Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology.

Part of DIUS’s mission statement is to

[work] with partners from the commercial, public and voluntary sectors to:

  • Accelerate the commercial exploitation of creativity and knowledge, through innovation and research, to create wealth, grow the economy, build successful businesses and improve quality of life.
  • Improve the skills of the population throughout their working lives to create a workforce capable of sustaining economic competitiveness, and enable individuals to thrive in the global economy.
  • Build social and community cohesion through improved social justice, civic participation and economic opportunity by raising aspirations and broadening participation, progression and achievement in learning and skills.
  • Pursue global excellence in research and knowledge, promote the benefits of science in society, and deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in line with employer demand.
  • Strengthen the capacity, quality and reputation of the Further and Higher Education systems and institutions to support national economic and social needs.
  • Encourage better use of science in Government, foster public service innovation, and support other Government objectives which depend on the DIUS expertise and remit.

It seems to me that social media is likely to provide a better means for achieving some of those public-engagement goals than has been possible in the past. So Twitter on!