The British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society have argued that for sustainable economic growth, the UK needs to get smarter.
The UK research base is vibrant, successful, and punches above its weight amongst its global counterparts, but it will struggle to maintain this strength, and deliver on its potential, without long term support – both strategic and financial.
Between September and October, the academies will hold one key event at each of the three main party conferences: Can research and innovation fuel the UK economy?
- What part can research and innovation play in the UK’s future prosperity?
- How can the world class UK research base best be translated to the economic and social benefit of the UK?
- How can public policy better marry the fruits of academic research with commercial opportunities?
- How can industry be facilitated to invest more in research and development?
Liberal Democrat Party Conference
Tuesday 17 September 2013, 1pm – 2pm
Castle 3, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow
- Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge,
- Professor Eleanor Campbell FRS, Head of School of Chemistry, Edinburgh University,
- Ian Ritchie FREng, non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc,
- Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, and
- Robin McKie, Science Editor at the Observer, who will chair the discussion.
Labour Party Conference
Monday 23 September 2013, 1pm – 2pm
Buckingham room, Hilton, Brighton
- Iain Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Competitiveness and Enterprise,
- Professor Lionel Tarassenko FMedSci FREng, Oxford University,
- Dr Martyn Thomas FREng, Director, Martyn Thomas Associates,
- Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides FBA, London School of Economics, and
- Alok Jha, Science correspondent, The Guardian, who will chair the discussion.
Conservative Party Conference
Tuesday 1 October 2013, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Exchange 6 and 7, Manchester Central
- David Willets MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science,
- Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS FMedSci, Vice-Chancellor, Manchester University,
- Ian Shott FREng, Managing Partner, Shott Trinova,
- Professor Rachel Griffith FBA, Deputy Research Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, and
- Alice Thompson from The Telegraph, who will chair the discussion.