Conference report: Future skills for the life sciences

29 March 2019

On 12 March 2019 the Royal Society hosted a conference on the skills needed to ensure the future success of the life sciences sector. The conference brought together experts from academia and industry to consider initial training, from work experience in schools to apprenticeships and doctoral training schemes, retraining for multiple careers and returning to work. Talks also explored movement of people in the UK and Europe, to and from bioscience clusters, and between small and large companies, as well as the development of entrepreneurship and business skills.


The conference was preceded by a discussion workshop for early career researchers on 11 March to explore the hopes and concerns of scientists in industry and academia at the start of their careers.


This conference is part of a series organised by the Royal Society entitled Breakthrough science and technologies: Transforming our future, which addresses the major scientific and technical challenges of the next decade.