UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


War Studies: How Political Conflict Shapes EU Research Programmes

15 May 2019, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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The inaugural lecture of Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief and Vice Chair at Science|Business and Honorary Professor at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London.

This event is free.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Conflict in politics is necessary in a democracy, but often hard to manage. For a case study in political management, take a close look at the EU’s Horizon/Framework programme for research and innovation. Since the early 1980s, the European Commission has been balancing competing interests – among member states, political families, lobby groups and civil society – when drafting its ever-growing programmes. 

Today, the Framework Programme is one of the world’s biggest research efforts, on which Britain leans heavily. This lecture will analyse the political conflicts and resolutions, observed first-hand by a prominent journalist who has followed the programme’s growth since 1984.


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About the Speaker

Richard L. Hudson

Editor-in-Chief and Vice Chair at Science|Business

Rich has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for 35 years. In 2004 he co-founded London- and Brussels-based Science Business Publishing Ltd., a media and communications company focused on research and innovation in Europe. He is currently editor-in-chief and vice chair of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was with the Wall Street Journal for 25 years in the US and Europe, as reporter, technology editor and, from 1997 to 2003, managing editor of the European edition. He began his career at the Boston Globe.

He is co-author of a book, now a best-seller in 13 languages, on how bad math on Wall Street leads to big losses. He wrote it with famed Yale/IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.” It won the Business Book of the Year award at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair, and according to Die Zeit, was read and “mentioned again and again in conversation” by Angela Merkel after the 2008 crash. 

He has been a member or rapporteur of numerous European Commission expert groups, currently including the Foresight Expert Group of the EU’s agricultural research steering committee. He was named an honorary professor at University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy in late 2018.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, a former Knight Fellow at MIT, and lives in Brussels.