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This event is jointly hosted by the Royal Society, Institute for Government and Imperial College London.

UK science and scientific advice have played a key role in the response to COVID-19. The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the way government accesses and uses scientific expertise and data, and how this is communicated to the public and open to public debate.

Efforts to improve resilience to future challenges will depend on strategic investment in research and innovation and strengthening the role of science in government. This panel will discuss the lessons learnt from COVID-19 on how the UK can use science effectively going forward to achieve its aim to be a "science superpower".


  • Tom Sasse, IfG Associate Director (Chair)
  • The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee
  • Sir Mark Walport FRS FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FRSE
  • Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Provost, Imperial College London
  • Polly Toynbee, Columnist at The Guardian

The event is a fringe meeting of the Conservative Party Conference and will take place within the secure zone. For more information on the Conference or to sign up, click here.