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UCL Public Policy Lectures on Science

29 April 2014

New Opportunities for Science Capital: A Talk by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP

5.15pm, 1 May, 2014

The Minister will address the long-term future of capital funding for research. He will consider what the priorities for capital funding should be, how funding decisions can best be made, and how to secure the sustainability of the research base in the UK. Following the Minister's speech, there will be an opportunity for the audience to discuss these issues with the Minister in an open forum.

The event will be chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at UCL and will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Why Should the Taxpayer Fund Science and Research?

5.30pm, 20 May, 2014

The inaugural lecture of Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Research). 

Graeme Reid will consider the issue of public funding for research, drawing from his previous role as Director of Research Funding in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In an age of austerity, with continued pressure on public finances, how should decisions on research funding be made, and how are they influenced by growing expectations of the economic benefits arising from research and intensifying international competition?

Chaired by Dr Sarah Main, CASE

Discussants:

Dr Jack Stilgoe, UCL Science and Technology Studies

Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, Glaxo Smith Kline

Followed by a drinks reception.

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