£50million for 'star scientists'

Welsh Government launches a scheme to attract and select outstanding science professors from across the world to work in Wales.

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Bid to attract high calibre scientists to Wales

The funding will targeted at three key areas Credit: ITV News Wales

First Minister Carwyn Jones is set to announce a £50m package to attract 'star' scientists to Wales, as way of boosting research and science's contribution to the Welsh economy.

The money - £10m a year for the next five years - would form a scheme called Sêr Cymru (Star Wales). It would also develop research networks to help scientists make more successful bids for funding.

The funding comes as a result of a report by Wales' first Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor John Harries, and will be focused on three areas:

Life sciences and health

Low carbon, energy and environment

Advanced engineering and materials

Minister for Business, Technology and Science Edwina Hart said the money would strengthen "the vital links between the research and science skills base" in Wales.

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