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 Brian Cox is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Chair in Particle Physics at the University of Manchester.
Dr. Evan Harris
Evan Leslie Harris (born 21 October 1965) is an English Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford West and Abingdon from 1997 to 2010, losing his seat in the 2010 general election by 176 votes to Conservative Nicola Blackwood.
Born in Sheffield in 1965, he is the second son of South African immigrants disillusioned with the apartheid regime. He was educated at Blue Coat Secondary School, Liverpool. After a year at Harvard High School in North Hollywood, he went to Wadham College, Oxford in 1985 to study physiological sciences (BA), and then medicine at Oxford University Clinical School from where he qualified as a doctor in 1991.
He was selected to fight Oxford West and Abingdon for the Liberal Democrats in 1994. Following his election in 1997, he was a junior health spokesman, then spokesman on Higher Education, Science and Women's Issues.
Peter Luff is Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology at the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence.
Dr. Richard Parker is Director of Research and Technology at Rolls-Royce Group.
Adrian F. M. Smith
Professor Adrian F. M. Smith is the Director General of Science and Research at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
James Wilsdon is the Director of the Science Policy Centre at The Royal Society.
Former member of Parliament Dr. Evan Harris evaluates the importance of the social sciences in a non-academic context. He argues that the social sciences should be ranked for particular purposes, as opposed to studying the arts and humanities "just for the hell of it."