Science budget and Industrial Strategy examined

07 November 2017

The Science and Technology Committee holds a one-off evidence session on the Science budget and Industrial Strategy.


Tuesday 7 November 2017, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Rebecca Endean, Strategy Director, UK Research and Innovation
  • Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Physics, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Paul Boyle, Chair, Research Policy Network, Universities UK
  • Alun Evans, Chief Executive, British Academy

At 12 noon

  • Dr Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
  • Dr David Connell, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
  • Tom Thackray, Director for Innovation, CBI
  • Tom Morrison-Bell, Head of Public Affairs, techUK

Purpose of the session

The hearing examines the action needed to hit the Government's target of increasing R&D expenditure to reach 2.4% of GDP; the rationale and linkages between the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and ‘sector deals’; the balance of funding for research and innovation; the relative importance of particular innovation support initiatives; ‘place’-based initiatives for science and innovation; and collaborative research after Brexit.

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