Science and Government – Foundation Future Leader Conference Day 1

  • November 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Conference, Discussion
  • Online
Conference Schedule (0.7MB)

The first day of the Foundation Future Leaders conference 2020 was entitled "Science and Government", and saw leaders within the civil service discussing how government uses science and evidence to form policy and take decisions.

The conference was designed for mid-career professionals – the future leaders – in the civil service and wider public sector; in universities and research organisations; and in industry, particularly high-tech industry with significant science, technology or engineering. It drew an audience of over 500 from across these sectors.

Taking place from 10.00-12.00 am each morning, the sessions addressed questions such as: How does Government use science? How does society encourage innovation in industry? What role does a university have in tomorrow’s world?

In addition to the keynote speakers, the panel sessions featured other senior leaders, plus mid-career professionals from the Foundation Future Leaders scheme.

Sir Patrick Vallance
Government Chief Scientific Advisor
Jo Shanmugalingam
Director General, Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Dr Eluned Lewis
Defence Equipment and Support Senior Fellow, Ministry of Defence and Foundation Future Leader
Dr Caroline Pritchard
Impact Manager, Strategy & Impact, National Measurement Laboratory and Foundation Future Leader
Niva Thiruchelvam
Deputy Director - Net Zero, HM Treasury

Schedule / Science and Government

Chair: Lord David Willetts, Chair of Foundation for Science and Technology and former Science Minister

Keynote Presentation 10:00 – 10:30: Professor Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Advisor

Panel discussion / Q&A 10:30 – 11:30

Breakout discussions 11:30 – 12:00