Science and business dinner
Can innovation have a strategy? Is climate change a collective action problem? These were among the foci of discussion at the Institute’s annual Science and Business Dinner, which was hosted by Princeton’s Simon Levin, BCG’s Martin Reeves and the Institute’s Thomas Fink. Guests included HSBC’s Daniel Klier, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp of the LEGO Brand Group, the former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir John Beddington, and Valerie Isham, Emeritus Professor of Probability and Statistics at UCL. The excellent dinner was seasoned by five short speeches.
London Institute becomes Independent Research Organization
The London Institute has been recognized as an Independent Research Organisation by UK Research and Innovation, joining a small number of independent centres which, alongside the universities, are responsible for conducting the nation’s research. The Institute is the UK’s first private research centre in the physical sciences to be allowed to compete for £7 billion of annual funding from the seven Research Councils. This is a milestone for the Institute and an opportunity to expand its faculty and strengthen collaborations with universities and industry.
We’re making space for postdocs
Thanks to a generous donation from the Rose Foundation, we’re converting part of our basement into work space for postdocs. We need it. Since becoming an Independent Research Organization, we’ve entered a new phase of expansion. We’re grateful to the Rose Foundation, which is dedicated to helping London-based charities with building projects. They previously funded the installation of our basement kitchen. Because the London Institute does not receive student fees or subsidies, it relies entirely on research grants and donations, like this one.
Sending out a message
If a scientist shouts, “Eureka!” in a forest, and no one hears him, has he made a discovery? At the London Institute, we believe a paper is only one step along the path from idea to impact. To ensure that other scientists, businesses and governments can build on our discoveries and put them to use, the Institute has started working with April6Proof, a science and technology PR firm. April6Proof, whose other clients include CERN, the NPL and the Royal Academy of Engineering, will also help the Institute communicate its activities to a global audience.
Sir John Beddington joins the board of trustees
Sir John Beddington, HonFREng, CMG, FRS, FRSE, has joined the London Institute’s Board of Trustees. He brings great experience in strategy, science policy and science funding. Sir John is Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resource Management at Oxford. He is a non-executive Director of the Met Office and chairs the Systemic Risk Institute at LSE. Sir John is President of the London Zoo, a Trustee of the Natural History Museum and was Government Chief Scientific Adviser. He received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan.
The launch of Kickscience
The London Institute has launched Kickscience, a programme to fund research projects at the Institute with private, focused donations. As government support for basic science decreases, the philanthropy of the new economy is shaping the future of discovery. Individuals and organizations are playing an important role in determining the most important lines of research. Donors to Kickscience can decide which of our research projects gets advanced by supporting it specifically. Any funds that are given for a project are spent entirely on that project.
Sir Roy Anderson joins the board of trustees
Sir Roy Anderson, FRS FMedSci, has joined the London Institute’s Board of Trustees. He brings tremendous experience in governance, defence and scientific ventures. Sir Roy is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College and formerly Rector of Imperial College and Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Defence. Sir Roy was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust and is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum and a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline. His research is at the interface between medicine, biology, mathematics and computation.