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Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending examined

20 November 2018

The Science and Technology Committee explores issues including the context of the Government's commitment to reaching 2.4% of GDP being spent on R&D by 2027, and the creation of UKRI as an opportunity for planning how this can be achieved.


Tuesday 20 November 2018, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30 am

  • Sir Paul Nurse, Director, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Kirsten Bound, Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, Nesta
  • Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield, and  Chair, Academy of Social Sciences Policy Working Group
  • Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering

At 10.30am

  • Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO, Paris
  • Professor Jakob Edler, Executive Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany
  • Dr Jos van den Broek, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, Netherlands

At 11.20am

  • Professor Paul Nightingale, Professor of Strategy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and (designate) Director of Strategy and Operations, ESRC
  • Professor Joanna Chataway, Head of Department, Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London, and Deputy Director of Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

The Committee will also explore international comparisons of R&D spending, the regional distribution of investment, and how R&D can be aligned with social and economic goals.

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