29 September 2021

Fuelling the future: science, society and the research and innovation system

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Online Webinar 16.00 – 17.00 GMT

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  • Global challenges require research and innovation to find solutions
  • Funding agencies such as UKRI have a role to play
  • Research and innovation systems should have free flow of people and ideas to boost productivity

With the myriad of global challenges that have to be addressed, Professor Dame Leyser will share her perspectives on the role of research and innovation funders.

During this lecture Professor Dame Leyser will reassess the role of funding agencies such as UKRI as stewards of an interconnected system and emphasise our collective responsibility to build a knowledge economy in which everyone can participate and from which everyone benefits. She will propose that to make the most of the opportunities ahead, we should build and invest in research and innovation systems through which people and ideas move freely, building the networks needed for creativity and productivity.


Ottoline Leyser

UK Research and Innovation

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge. UKRI brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England, operating with a combined budget of more than £8 billion each year.
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2017 for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science. In the same year she was also presented with the Women in Science Award from the European Molecular Biology Organisation and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

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