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Nature volume 159, pages 751752 (31 May 1947) | Download Citation



THE Scottish Regional Conference on “Research and the Progress of Industry in Scotland” arranged by the Federation of British Industries and held at the Merchants' Hall, Glasgow, on April 25, was on similar lines to that of the Midlands Regional Conference of the Federation at Birmingham in March. A message from Sir Edward Appleton wishing the Conference success contained, however, perhaps the most important statement made there. After indicating that the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research had been giving a good deal of attention to the question of the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and was looking to these conferences for guidance as to how best to deploy the limited scientific effort of Great Britain, Sir Edward said that to improve the Department's contacts with Scottish industry it is arranging to open a Scottish branch of the recently created Intelligence Division ; and he cordially invited firms to discuss their special problems with the Department when that branch had been opened.

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