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Lords question Professor Ann Dowling on Business-University Research Collaborations

7 July 2015

On Tuesday 7 July the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will question Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, on her review into how businesses can best connect with university research.


The Dowling Review, published on Thursday 2 July, urges the Government to simplify the ways in which universities and industry collaborate. It also calls for a culture change in universities and businesses in order to support collaboration.


The evidence session will take place in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.40am

  • Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FRS, FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Director of Programmes and Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering

Possible questions

  • Why has the research and business landscape become so complex?
  • What are the best ways to simplify it?
  • What is the culture change that is needed in universities and businesses?
  • Is the idea that business-funded research can lead to a perceived conflict of interest a valid one?
  • What can be done about that?
  • What makes this review more important than many of the others before it?

Further information

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