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This event is part of a series of Royal Society events in collaboration with the Science Museum showcasing the Science City Gallery Exhibition.


Science City 1550 - 1800: The Linbury Gallery tells the story of how London grew to become a global hub for scientific and technological innovation, but where does it stand in 2021?

In collaboration with the Science Museum, the Royal Society has assembled a panel of experts to examine that question in this free virtual event. Together they will explore how London’s role as a “Science City” has evolved to adapt to a world in which global collaboration is so much more prevalent than in the days of the likes of Newton, Hooke and Wren. 

The panel will also look to identify some of the challenges and opportunities presented by such seismic issues as Brexit, a green recovery from the pandemic and advances in Artificial Intelligence and engineering.  


  • Alexandra Rose — Curator of Earth Sciences and Curator of Science City 1550 – 1800: The Linbury Gallery, Science Museum  
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE— CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, CEO, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation  
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS — Chair, Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre Strategic Partnership Board, Government Chief Scientific Advisor 2013 – 2017, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 2017 – 2020  
  • Dr Roger Highfield — Science Director, Science Museum Group
  • Theo Blackwell MBE — Chief Digital Officer, The Mayor of London's Office
  • Ritula Shah (Chair) — Journalist and news presenter on BBC Radio, and the main presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4

This event is part of our series in partnership with the Science Museum that celebrates Science City 1550 – 1800: The Linbury Gallery.  

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