The Foundation organises events on key topics in science, research, technology or innovation, bringing together parliamentarians, civil servants, industrialists, researchers, learned societies, charities and others. Those events focus in particular on areas where there are policy decisions needed, which in turn need to be informed by this wide range of inputs and viewpoints. Summary reports are prepared for all events, and these - along with presentation slides, videos of speakers and audio files - are available online after events.


Celebrating the centenary of the establishment of the Medical Research Council - What should be the research priorities for medical research over the next twenty-five years?

The Foundation celebrated the centenary of the establishment of the Medical Research Council with a debate on future priorities for medical research. Dr Sydney Brenner, Sir Paul Nurse, Sir John Savill and the Rt Hon David Willetts MP spoke during the debate.

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The Armitt Review of the UK long-term infrastructure project pipeline

Sir John Armitt debated the emerging findings of his review of the UK long-term project pipeline with Professor Brian Collins of UCL and Tim Yeo, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change

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Open Access – the Finch Working Group report on expanding access to published research findings

Professor Janet Finch debated her report for the Government on open access with Steven Hall from the Institute of Physics Publishing and Professor Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of the BBSRC

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Threats and opportunities - scientific challenges of the 21st Century

Sir John Beddington debated the threats and opportunities for the research community in the 21st Century with Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Sir Mark Walport the incoming Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

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Lecture (Science, Innovation and International Development) and Christmas Reception

The annual lecture was delivered by Professor Chris Whitty on "Science and development in Africa. The greatest challenge to science and technological innovation of our generation?". At the reception Professor Cyrille van Effenterre, from the French Embassy spoke on behalf of Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research.

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The contribution of mid-sized companies to growth of the economy

The Foundation visited the University of Manchester on 26th November to debate the contribution of mid-sized companies to growth in the economy.

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Delivering the industrial strategy - how can government promote growth?

An excellent debate led by Sir John Parker GBE FREng, Professor Alan Hughes and the Rt Hon David Willetts MP was held on 14th November on the Government's new industrial strategy.

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Energy policy: selecting the right options for future electricity supply

The Energy Minister, John Hayes MP, debated the future options for electricity supply in the UK with Dr Andrew Spurr, MD, Nuclear Generation at EDF Energy, Dr John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre and Dr Paul Golby former Chairman and Chief Executive of E.ON UK

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What are the best ways to promote a culture of enterprise and innovation in Scotland?

The Foundation hosted a round-table discussion and evening debate on the question of "What are the best ways to promote a culture of enterprise and innovation in Scotland?". Ian Ritchie, Professor Peter Downes and Phil Smith open the debate.

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An ageing population: meeting the challenge of caring for the rising number of dementia patients

The Foundation hosted a debate on the challenge of caring for the rising number of patients with dementia and the strain on healt and social services, care home provision and on families

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