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?
Clive Cookson is a Science Editor at The Financial Times.
Harish Iyer is Head of Research & Development at Biocon.
Professor Marja Makarow is Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation.
Dr. Menelas N. Pangalos is Executive Vice President of Innovative Medicines at AstraZeneca.
Professor Mu Rongping is Director-General of the Institute of Policy and Management at The Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Mervyn Turner is Chief Strategy Officer of Merck and Co Inc and Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets at Merck Research Laboratories.
Professor Marja Makarow addresses the importance of new PhD's working abroad as a means of exchanging new ideas. "Mobility is key," she says, emphasizing the need for support for women academics with young families.