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New BGS strategy switches priority to science

A REVAMPED British Geological Survey will see 'money spent on science, not meetings and paper and management speak', promises BGS director Dr David Falvey.

In announcing BGS' plans for a 'complete revision of its corporate strategy', Falvey says: 'The review has come about to ensure that BGS knowledge will contribute to the management of the nation's resources and significantly advance the mission of the Natural Environment Research Council.

'For 165 years the BGS has been the solid, dependable collector and investigator into the world's earth sciences. But new times call for new approaches. The UK is entering a period where the creation, application and dissemination of knowledge will drive the economy.'

Falvey says: 'We will instigate our own changes and not wait to have them thrust upon us. There is an enormous amount of brain power within our ranks and I have decided to use that - not some faceless consultant. To that end Falvey put together a strategy team drawn from younger members of staff.

Under the resulting plan, BGS will 'serve government, industry and the community through a re-prioritised national strategic geoscience programme . . . which will demand close relationships between the BGS and its stakeholders,' according to Falvey.

The new strategy follows 18 months' consultation with staff, customers and other stake- holders.

The final consensus is out- lined in a document Foundations for a sustainable future avail- able from the BGS web site www.bgs.ac.uk, which is intended to be fully tested and operational for the next financial year.

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