Conservative Party Conference 2021 - Becoming a “science superpower”: will the UK be fit to tackle the next global crisis?

16.00, Tuesday 05 October 2021

The Edwardian Manchester Manchester

Private Suites 15 + 16

This event is jointly hosted by the UK National Academies: the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.

The UK government has committed to secure our status as a "Science and Tech Superpower by 2030". The past year has demonstrated the UK's potential to realise this, but now UK research and innovation faces its kryptonite: uncertainty. What will the next few years of R&I investment look like? How will the UK take a lead internationally? How can we be ready for the next global crisis?

Join us and a panel of leading researchers and innovators to discuss how the UK should approach the future, build resilience to future crises, and lock-in our superpower status.


  • Tom Whipple, Science Editor at the Times and Sunday Times (Chair)
  • Helen Whately MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (invited)
  • Professor Jennifer Logue, Deputy Clinical Director of the NIHR North West Coast Clinical Research Network
  • Professor Susan Gourvenec BEng FIEAust FICE
  • Professor Dominic Abrams FBA FAcSS FBPsS
  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS

The event is a fringe meeting of the Conservative Party Conference. For more information on the Conference or to sign up, click here.

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