Listen, liaise, debate, consider and represent active and effective science.
Encourage and add value to the teaching of science in schools and further education.
Identify the needs, knowledge gaps and capacities and set priorities for science through consultation with relevant organizations active in the region.
Offer mentoring and encouragement to scientists serving in the SW region, including those studying for higher degrees and those beginning their careers.
Assist in attracting resources for scientific research, development and education in the region.
Establish links with universities with a view to attracting postgraduate students and undergraduates to the region.
Improve communication between scientists and local communities.
Advocate and provide advice to governments, industry, science institutions and community.
Encourage cross-disciplinary research, especially between scientists working in different organisations and between the natural and social sciences.