Independent review of the importance of engineering and the physical sciences to the health and life sciences.

EPSRC invited an independent review group chaired by Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, to explore the relationship between engineering and the physical sciences and the health and life sciences.

The report concludes that engineering and physical sciences research, including mathematics, statistics and computer science, has played a major role in advancing health and life sciences, for example in biomaterials, microscopy, DNA sequencing and magnetic resonance imaging.

The review group make several recommendations to ensure that institutions effectively support the increasing integration between disciplines. These include:

·         proposals to encourage interdisciplinary working

·         the role for challenge-driven research

·         the need for doctoral training in interdisciplinary research

·         incorporating engineering and physical sciences into the UK strategy for life sciences

·         regular reviews of activity at the interface between disciplines

EPSRC will be discussing the report and its recommendations with key partners such as BBSRC, MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and other stakeholders over the coming months.

The importance of Engineering and Physical Sciences to Health and Life Sciences (PDF 2.5MB)