With outstanding facilities, world-class researchers including two Nobel prize winners in 2009 and record levels of Government investment, the UK’s science base is the most productive of all G8 countries.
But what about the future? How best can the UK maintain its status as a leading scientific nation? In what ways is our research landscape changing, and how will this affect younger scientists?
These are the issues up for discussion at the Wellcome Collection on Monday 30 November, when the science minister, Lord Drayson, will share the stage with a group of up-and-coming scientists: astronomy and science communicator Colin Stuart; physics postgraduate researcher Suzie Sheehy; astrobiologist and science writer Dr Lewis Dartnell; and science teacher and film maker Alom Shaha.
Chairing the event – “Blue skies ahead? The prospects for UK science” – is Professor Brian Cox, a particle physicist and science presenter.
This is the second time that Lord Drayson has agreed to a public discussion about important scientific matters, in response to invitations posted on the social media website Twitter.
“Blue skies ahead? The prospects for UK science” has been organised by the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills – together with Times Higher Education and the Wellcome Trust.
The event will be streamed live at www.timeshighereducation.co.uk and viewers will be encouraged to participate in the debate via Twitter (#sciblue).
Event details: 19.00 on Monday 30 November at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
More details here.