- Prof. Lord Mair, Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Committee
- Keith Thompson, CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
- Prof. Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Innovation), University of Oxford
- Kirsten Bound, Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, Nesta
- Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
- Dr Mike Galsworthy, Founder, Scientists for EU
- Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation and Digital, Confederation of British Industry
- Craig Marshall, President, Prospect
- Anne-May Janssen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK
- Dr Susan Guthrie, Research Leader, RAND
Government rhetoric would suggest that Science is an important element in their thinking towards Brexit yet over 2 years since the referendum there are still question marks over the future cooperation of UK and EU science.
“…The UK will always be open to the brightest and best researchers to come and make their valued contribution
…” Theresa May
A large concern around the future of the UK’s involvement in Horizon 2020 – the largest ever European funding program for research and development and while the government has stated its desire to have a deep science partnership with the European Union there is little clarity on what this partnership would look like.
“…Today over half of the UK’s resident researcher population were born overseas… When we leave the European Union, I will ensure that does not change
…” Theresa May
The instability caused in the wake of the Brexit vote has led to worries around the retention of current EU workers in the UK as well as attracting scientists to the UK.
“…I think there’s no question that if you want to be a successful country scientifically you have to be international, you cannot be parochial
…” Dr Patrick Vallance
The governments industrial strategy promotes the collaboration of science and business to boost UK productivity and business, aiming to keep the UK at the front of global innovations. Rhetoric has also highlighted the international nature of science and the potential for forging more global collaborations and partnerships.
This event will focus on:
- The future of British science funding
- The issue for EU nationals working in the UK and how to keep attracting the best minds
- The future of research and collaboration, looking further than the EU, and into the private sector.
Who should Attend:
Academics, scientists, those involved in research, science policy leads, heads of innovation.