Past event

Conference

Investing in Science: Securing Future Prosperity

22 Nov 2010 - 00:00 to 23 Nov 2010 - 23:59

Chatham House, London

 

Is investment in science the path to future economic prosperity?

This international conference will bring together political leaders, investors, scientists, industrialists, experts, analysts and commentators to examine the relevance and role of science in building prosperity and enhancing the quality of life. Key questions addressed will include:

  • What role can science and innovation play in encouraging economic growth?
  • What solutions can science provide in tackling global challenges such as security, health and climate change?
  • What impact does investment in science have on an economy?
  • What policy action is required to encourage such investment and where is it best directed?

 

In partnership with

     


With the support of


  • Professor Brian Cox OBE

    • Royal Society University Research Fellow and Chair in Particle Physics
  • Dr Alice S Huang

    • President
  • Peter Luff MP

    • Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology
  • Dr Husseini K Manji

    • Global Therapeutic Head, Neuroscience
  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP

    • Minister of State for Universities and Science
  • Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS

    • Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE

    • Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College
  • Professor Katherine Blundell

    • Professor of Astrophysics
  • Dr Christian Bréant

    • R&T Director
  • Dr Philip Campbell

    • Editor-in-Chief
  • Sir John Chisholm

    • Chairman
  • Clive Cookson

    • Science Editor
  • Professor David Cope

    • Director
  • Dr Nick Fowler

    • Director of Strategy
  • Dr David J Grimshaw

    • Head, International Programme (New Technologies)
  • Dr Evan Harris

    • Former Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Science & Technology
  • Dr Hermann Hauser CBE

    • Co-founder
  • Markus Heldt

    • President, Crop Protection Division
  • Dr Roger Highfield

    • Editor
  • Harish Iyer

    • Head, Research & Development
  • Dr Ray O Johnson

    • Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
  • Professor Julia Elizabeth King, CBE FREng

    • Vice-Chancellor
  • Bernice Lee

    • Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance
  • Professor Marja Makarow

    • Chief Executive
  • Dr Menelas Pangalos

    • Executive Vice President, Innovative Medicines
  • Professor Richard Parker

    • Director of Research & Technology
  • Alan Pratt

    • Director, Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Lord Rees

    • President
  • Professor Mu Rongping

    • Director-General, Institute of Policy and Management
  • Dr Adam Rutherford

    • Editor at Nature, Writer and Broadcaster
  • Professor Adrian Smith

    • Director General of Science and Research
  • Dr Mervyn Turner

    • Chief Strategy Officer, Merck and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets Merck Research Laboratories
  • Dr Geoff Watts

    • Science and Medical Writer and Broadcaster
  • Dr James Wilsdon

    • Director, Science Policy Centre

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DAY ONE
Monday 22 November, 2010

Session One The Value of Science

  • The purpose of scientific research: what is the role and value of science in the economy and prosperity of nations?
  • Can investment in the research base help future economic growth?
  • How cost-effective is investment in the knowledge intensive sectors? How productive is the discussion on the economic impact of research given the inadequacy of available metrics?
  • How can we bring about an effective public engagement in a dialogue about the importance of new frontiers of science (such as nanotechnology and geoengineering)?

09.30
Chair Professor Marja Makarow
Chief Executive
European Science Foundation

09.35
Opening Addresses
Rt Hon David Willetts MP
Minister of State for Universities and Science
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Lord Rees
President
The Royal Society

10.05 Questions & Discussion

10.20 Refreshments

10.50
Chair Dr Adam Rutherford
Editor at Nature, Writer and Broadcaster

Keynote Addresses
Dr Husseini K Manji
Global Therapeutic Head, Neuroscience
Janssen Research & Development

11.05
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE
Visiting Professor, Astrophysics
University of Oxford

11.20 Questions & Discussion

11.40
Dr Nick Fowler
Director of Strategy
Elsevier

11.55
Panel Discussion

  • How can we bring about an effective public engagement in a dialogue about the importance of new frontiers of science?

Speaker Panel
Professor David Cope
Director
UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Professor Julia Elizabeth King, CBE FREng
Vice-Chancellor
Aston University

Dr Nick Fowler

13.00 - 13.45 Lunch

Session Two
Aligning Science and Innovation with Global Challenges

Science is able to measure and predict impacts, identify solutions and evaluate pathways to adaptations. Shared challenges such as defence and security, disease, climate change, food security and poverty alleviation demand research across international networks.

  • What are the key 21s century challenges and what answers can science offer?
  • How can science advance foreign policy objectives?
  • How can international diplomacy and scientific excellence reinforce each other?

13.45
Chair Dr Geoff Watts
Science and Medical Writer and Broadcaster

13.55
Keynote Address
Dr Alice S Huang
President
The American Association for the Advancement of Science

14.15 Questions & Discussion

14.25

  • What is the future for medical science innovation?
  •   What spurs innovation in the scientific process?

Dr Menelas N Pangalos
Executive Vice President, Innovative Medicines
AstraZeneca

14.40 Questions

14.50 Refreshments

15.10
Chair Bernice Lee
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance
Chatham House

  • Energy and Environment: new sources, new solutions

15.20
Dr Ray O Johnson
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Lockheed Martin

15.35 Questions

15.45

  • How can science feed into technologies needed to help us feed ourselves?
  • How can the global linkages in science be mobilized to enable maximum impact on development?

Markus Heldt
President, Crop Protection Division
BASF SE

Dr David J Grimshaw
Head, International Programme (New Technologies)
Practical Action

16.05 Questions

16.20

  • As science research is of necessity a diverse and independent activity, how can security and defence-relevant 'blue-skies research' be funded and managed?
  • Agility in innovation and security and defence capability management: how can the policy/industry dialogue be improved?

Christian Bréant
R&T Director
European Defence Agency

Alan Pratt
Director, Science, Engineering and Technology
UK Home Office

16.40 Questions and discussion

17.00 Concluding Remarks
Bernice Lee

17.10 End of Day One and Reception

DAY TWO
Tuesday 23 November, 2010

Session Three Matching Government Policies to the Nature of Scientific Activity

  • The challenge of interdisciplinarity: how should modern policymaking evolve to reflect the way science is funded, conducted, communicated and evaluated?
  • The changing policy context: what is the impact on cross boundary collaboration of policies set at a national level? Does internationalization of the research base affect the national competitiveness paradigm?
  • How can the demand for strategically important science be satisfied without stifling innovation?
  • How can we improve the consistency of public funding through electoral and economic cycles?
  • How can the policy / industry dialogue be improved?

09.00
Chair and Opening Remarks
Dr Roger Highfield
Editor
New Scientist

09.10
Keynote Addresses
Professor Brian Cox OBE
Royal Society University Research Fellow and Chair in Particle Physics
University of Manchester

Peter Luff MP
Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology

09.40
Speaker Panel
Professor Adrian F M Smith
Director General of Science and Research
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dr Evan Harris
Former Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Science & Technology

Professor Ric Parker FREng
Director of Research & Technology
Rolls-Royce Group

10.20 Refreshment break

10.40 Discussion: What policies are required to encourage science research?

Chair Dr James Wilsdon
Director, Science Policy Centre
The Royal Society

Discussants
Professor Brian Cox OBE

Professor Adrian F M Smith

Peter Luff MP

Dr Evan Harris

Professor Ric Parker FREng

11.10 Session's Concluding Remarks
Dr James Wilsdon

11.20 - 11.40 Refreshment break

Session Four
The Changing Geography of Science

The proportion of pharmaceutical patents naming Chinese and Indian researchers has increased fourfold since 1995.

  • What is China and India's current science research capacity?
  • What are the drivers of China's and India's R&D growth?
  • Who are the dominant domestic players and what are their strategies for the future?
  • What do the trends in science spending tell us about the future prosperity of a nation?
  • How is Europe responding to these developments?

11.40
Chair Clive Cookson
Science Editor
Financial Times

11.45
Speakers
Professor Mu Rongping
Director-General, Institute of Policy and Management
The Chinese Academy of Sciences

Harish Iyer
Head, Research & Development
Biocon

Professor Marja Makarow
Chief Executive
European Science Foundation

Dr Menelas N Pangalos
Executive Vice President, Innovative Medicines
AstraZeneca

Dr Mervyn Turner
Chief Strategy Officer, Merck and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets Merck Research Laboratories
Merck & Co, Inc

13.00 Moderated Discussion

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

Session Five
Rethinking the Innovation Ecosystem

  • Investment in science is central to short term economic recovery and long term prosperity and growth.
  • How can the exchange of knowledge between science and business be improved?
  • What lessons can be learned from other countries to encourage private sector R & D in the UK?
  • How can access to sector specialist finance / venture capital be improved?
  • What changes in management practices can promote innovation?

14.30
Chair Dr Philip Campbell
Editor-in-Chief
Nature and Nature Publications

14.35
Speakers
Sir John Chisholm
Chair
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Dr Hermann Hauser CBE
Co-founder
Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd

Professor Katherine Blundell
Professor of Astrophysics
Oxford University

15.20 Moderated Discussion

15.40
Conference Concluding Address
Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS
Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government

16.10
Final remarks
Dr Philip Campbell

16.20 End of conference and refreshments