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

16.20, Friday 17 September 2021

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)
  • Sarah Olney MP, Spokesperson for BEIS and Transport
  • Professor Sir Rory Collins FMedSci FRS
  • Professor Alison Noble FRS FREng FIET
  • Professor Dominic Abrams FBA FAcSS FBPsS

The event is a fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat Party Conference and only accessible to registered attendees. For more information on the Conference or to sign up, click here.

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