Is investment in science the path to future economic prosperity?
This international conference will bring together political leaders, investors, scientists, industrialists, experts, analysts and commentators to examine the relevance and role of science in building prosperity and enhancing the quality of life. Key questions addressed will include:
What role can science and innovation play in encouraging economic growth?
What solutions can science provide in tackling global challenges such as security, health and climate change?
What impact does investment in science have on an economy?
What policy action is required to encourage such investment and where is it best directed?
Professor Sir John Beddington is Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, United Kingdom.
Professor Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow.
Dr. Philip Campbell is Editor-in-Chief of Nature and Nature Publications.
Sir John Chisholm is Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
Dr. Hermann Hauser is co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.
Sir John Chisholm presents the "eye-popping" reality of relative research funding procurement rates in the European Union and the United States. He goes on to discuss the importance of early customer funding for young companies.