“I suggest we focus on the future, because it is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives,” said RA Mashelkar today at the Atlas of Ideas conference.

He was responding to the question “Why are we starting to collaborate with Asia now, why haven’t we done it sooner?” Mashelkar’s response is suitably diplomatic, but also reflects the general mood today at the Atlas of Ideas conference: that though the UK has a pretty good record of collaborating with other countries (in science and industry), increasing and investing in collaboration now can only benefit us 5, 10 or more years down the line.

The Atlas of Ideas report - and three country reports on China, India and South Korea - are getting a fair bit of attention today. Find out what others are saying, and we’ll let you know what we think as the 2-day event continues...

South East Asian economies herald a new dawn of technological innovation - Markets - Times Online

Scientists urged to work with innovation hotspots -  Financial Times

Science fears loss of its superpower ally - World - Times Online

Demos warns Britain might get sidelined in global scienctific revolution – People’s Daily Online

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