CaSE Annual Lecture 2020 with the Chief Executive of UKRI

30 Nov 2020 - By:

CaSE Annual Lecture 2020 with the Chief Executive of UKRI

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As an organisational member of The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the SEB supports CaSE in ensuring that the UK has world-leading research and education, skilled scientists and engineers, and innovative businesses. You can read more about the work they do advocating for science and engineering on the CaSE Website.  

A flagship event in the CaSE calendar is their Annual Lecture, providing an opportunity for leading public figures to address and engage directly with the science and engineering community. This year the CaSE Annual Lecture was given by Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI, on the topic of 'The research and innovation system: fuelling an inclusive knowledge economy'.

The first Annual Lecture in over 30 years to be held online, saw record attendance with over 500 invitees from across the science and engineering community tuning in to watch Professor Leyser set out her thoughts on the future direction of the relationship between science and society, and the role UKRI can play in this.


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Following opening remarks from CaSE Chair, Graeme Reid, Dame Ottoline lecture pursued a key theme; that we must build a research and innovation system gives everyone the chance to feel part of science and bring benefits to society. From our childhood, keen to explore the world around us, we all interact with science and engineering at some level in our daily lives. So why then is science often seen like a separate world that many people do not feel connected to? This disconnect is a major challenge in inspiring people to take up careers in science and engineering, and results in the sector missing out on a diverse range of people that fuel greater creativity. It also disengages the research from end societal benefits. A research and innovation system that is well embedded in society help to breed optimism that science and engineering can address some of the key challenges facing people. Science is a force of good, improving lives and the vital work of organisations that raise the profile of research and innovation.

A question and answer session with the virtual audience followed, chaired by CaSE Executive Director Dr Sarah Main.

The SEB fully support CaSE in their on-going efforts, ensuring that the UK has the skills, funding and policies to enable science and engineering to thrive, and encourage our members to listen first-hand to this years lecture. The full lecture can be found on the CaSE YouTube Channel: Recording: CaSE Annual Lecture 2020, and a summary of the proceedings can be read on the CaSE WebsiteL Summary Report: CaSE Annual Lecture 2020.