Is the Government's definition of Life Sciences broad enough?

12 January 2018

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues taking evidence for its inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. The Committee questions experts at the Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Microbiology Society.


Tuesday 16 January in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.10am

  • John Bassett, Policy and Scientific Development Director, Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Professor Paul Kellam, Chair-Elect of the Policy Committee, Microbiology Society
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Biology

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • In its January 2017 Green Paper 'Building our industrial strategy' the Government welcomed Sir John Bell’s offer to "lead work on a new strategy to make the UK the best place in the world to invest in life sciences". To what extent does Sir John's Life Sciences Industrial Strategy address that challenge?
  • There is a domain of public policy called 'life sciences' but the Committee have encountered contrasting views about what is meant by the term. What do your organisations understand by 'life sciences'?
  • The industrial strategy and the start-up of UK Research and Innovation are taking shape against the background of Brexit.  Do they reflect the challenges and opportunities of Brexit in your fields?

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