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Can physics supercharge the UK economy?

30 June 2022 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Science, Research & Innovation

The modern world is built on the application of the great discoveries and innovations in Physics. Nevertheless, it is easy to assume that the torch of scientific progress has been passed to the life sciences, and engineers can be left to use the box of tools already produced by physicists. The aim of this roundtable is to explore the opposite view, that physics can still deliver answers to a vast range of mysteries and unlock a treasure trove of economic benefits. This expert roundtable will look broadly at some of the barriers to achieving this aim, and ideas on how they can be overcome. Key issues include: ensuring that everyone can follow a career in UK physics regardless of their background or gender; ensuring that there is adequate funding for early-stage research; providing the conditions needed to enable start-ups to scale up and grow their businesses within the UK; encouraging the growth of a sophisticated community of investors in companies based on innovations in physics; encouraging tech clusters around research universities and strengthening connections between academia and industry. This expert roundtable will be led by Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Science, Research & Innovation, who will make the opening remarks. A small panel will respond followed by Q&A.

The speakers will be:

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Science, Research & Innovation
Professor Martin Freer, VP Science and Innovation, Institute of Physics
Terry Pollard, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Brain Diagnostics
Dr Hira Virdee, Founder and CEO at Lumi Space


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