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Securing the UK’s future industrial success - The Rt Hon the Lord David Wil...
Tue 23 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:30 BST
Since Britain voted to leave the EU, the government has highlighted the importance of an Industrial Strategy as a means of driving growth for the UK. The Industrial Strategy will need to be underpinned by science and innovation to be successful. Can government usefully bring together business, researchers, regulators, and investors in a key business sector or technology? How? How can the needs of each region be met and the strengths improved?
The Industrial Strategy
As Chair of the British Science Association and former Minister for Science and Universities, Lord David Willetts is uniquely well-placed to consider the recently announced UK Industrial Strategy and its implications for science and business. On Tuesday 23 May 2017, at SCI’s Public Evening Lecture, he will compare the different approaches, focusing on industrial sectors, clusters, regions, and technologies that will form the framework. He will also highlight new technologies where Britain has a comparative advantage and where there is a global business opportunity – the logic of the Eight Great Technologies.
The Eight Great Technologies, which Lord Willetts increased funding for when in office to promote future UK growth, are: big data, satellites, robots, modern genetics, regenerative medicine, agricultural technologies, advanced materials, and energy storage.
SCI was established in 1881 to work at the interface between science and industry, conducting a range of activities that focus on supporting innovation and the commercialisation of science. SCI is delighted to promote this lecture at a critical time for the UK as it seeks to establish a new Industrial Strategy post-Brexit.
About the speaker
The Rt Hon the Lord David Willetts is the former Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and current Chair of the British Science Association (BSA) with a mandate to promote science as a fundamental part of the UK’s culture and society. On his appointment to Chair of the BSA, he was described by his predecessor as having been ‘proactive on everything from open access, science engagement, space, and science diplomacy. He’s a perfect example of how you can be passionate about science without a formal training, having become a regular at science festivals and conferences.’
Join SCI for its Public Evening Lecture series which is free and open to all. This talk forms part of SCI's 2016/17 Outreach Programme of Evening Lectures.
- Tuesday 23 May 2017 by The Rt Hon the Lord David Willetts
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