18 December 2019


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Invitation to SCI’s Free Public Evening Lecture:
Sir Mark Walport – Chief executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Science and Business preparing for the future

Diary date: Wednesday 26 February 2020 SCI headquarters 18:00 for 18:30 start

  • The UK is facing unprecedented global and societal challenges.  The clean growth agenda, for example, is bringing about a shift in the way businesses operate.
  • Scientific and technological advancements are required to deliver solutions to this and other challenges
  • How can UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) support business collaborations to meet the challenges?

This is a critical time for the future of the UK as we consider our changing place in a changing world. We are facing an unprecedented set of global and societal challenges.

During this Public Evening Lecture, Sir Mark will consider these changes, such as demographic shifts which indicate that the global population will reach 10 billion by 2050. He will discuss the implications this has for the demands that we make on natural resources and the pollution we produce.  

Navigating these challenges will bring into sharp focus the opportunities afforded by the extraordinary feats of science and innovation.

Sir Mark will use the lecture to discuss how working beyond traditional boundaries, and with a closer collaborative relationship between researchers and businesses is now essential. His lecture will also consider how UK Research and Innovation can catalyse collaboration, rise to the challenges of our time and deliver on its vision of ‘knowledge and impact.’

About the speaker

Sir Mark is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.  UKRI operates across the whole of the UK with a combined annual budget of more than £7 billion.

Sir Mark has been a champion for science, engineering and technology in his role as Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Head of the Government Office for Science and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust from 2003-2013. Prior to this, he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.

Date for your diary:        Wednesday 26 February 2020
Venue:                            SCI HQ Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS       

Reception opens at 18:00 and the lecture starts at 18:30. This is a free event. Registration will be opening soon!



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