Science, progress and society

1:30pm, 21 May 2024

TBA

This symposium, held on the birthday of Andrei Sakharov, brings together people from science, government, business, and media to share perspectives, ideas, and potential policies to drive the UK’s future scientific progress and sustain international research collaboration in a period of global geopolitical uncertainty. The symposium will welcome 125 to 150 participants and is jointly hosted by the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Michael Faraday’s discoveries at the Royal Institution are a testament to the value of fundamental science. How do we protect and speed up fundamental scientific discovery, which ultimately drives technological progress? What are the alternatives to the university for organising scientific research, and what can we learn from independent research labs and institutes?

Science is the ultimate universal currency and has the power to unite nations, as Andrei Sakharov demonstrated. How do we safeguard global scientific collaboration in times of global uncertainty, especially with China and India? Britain has welcomed displaced Russian and Ukrainian scientists. What is the fate of scientists affected by the Ukrainian war, and what will the future of science look like in these two countries?

Participants confirmed so far include:

  • James Arroyo, Director, Ditchley Foundation
  • Sir Richard Catlow, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister, Science Research and Innovation
  • Sir Martyn Poliakoff, former Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society
  • Rt Hon Lord Willetts FRS, President of the Resolution Foundation
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society
Science, progress and society