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UK research and innovation: visions for 2030

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18:30 - 20:00


Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London


Royal Academy of Engineering

The national Academies are hosting a series of four Policy Lab events considering the landscape for UK research and innovation after the 2015 Spending Review. This event will look ahead to 2030 to consider what UK research and innovation could achieve in the future, and what it would take to get there. 

The outcomes of the 2015 Spending Review were broadly positive for UK research and innovation. However, significant changes are on the horizon for the research and innovation landscape, including: implementation of the Nurse Review recommendations and possible changes to higher education, as proposed in the Higher Education green paper. 

Earlier events in this series of Policy Labs have focussed on changes on the immediate horizon for research, and their implications for the future health of the system. This event, the last in the series, will look beyond the current research and innovation landscape, to focus on a longer-term outlook.

Speakers at this event will set out their visions of what the research and innovation landscape in the UK could look like in 2030, and discussion will focus on the policy changes needed to support them, as well as the challenges that could result. In the international context, the UK’s overall investment in R&D, remains low in comparison to other nations. Parliamentary Select Committees, the national Academies and others, have called on the government to set a long-term target for increased investment in research and innovation, but this ambition has yet to be realised. 

How can government build research and innovation into their long-term plans for the UK’s future prosperity? What ambitions could be set for the research system, and what would need to happen for them to be achieved? What challenges is the UK likely to face in future, and how we can build the UK’s research and innovation base to meet these changing demands? Can the structures that govern and fund research and innovation be ‘future-proofed’? How can decision makers be encouraged to commit to investment over the longer term? 

Sir John Tooke FMedSci, Executive Chairman, Academic Health Solutions and former President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, will chair a panel of speakers including:

  • Professor Diane Coyle OBE, Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and former Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust.
  • David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and former Minister for Universities and Science.
  • Stian Westlake, Executive Director of Policy and Research at Nesta.
  • Professor Simon Goldhill, Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

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