Physical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team meeting February 2017

Information for the meeting of Physical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team, held on 22 February 2017.

Polaris House, Swindon

Tuesday 21st February

CS5&6 Polaris House, Swindon

Meeting Agenda

11:30

1

Welcome and Introductions for the HT and PS SAT members

11:45

2

Physical Sciences Theme Overview

12:00

3

The Healthy Nation

12:15

4

Delivering the Healthy Nation Outcome (I)

Dr Ruchi Gupta (10 mins)

Dr Robert Neely (10 mins)

Dr James Walsh (10 mins)

12:45

 

Lunch

13:30

 

Delivering the Healthy Nation Outcome (II)

  • Engaging and supporting the physical sciences community to deliver the Healthy Nation

15:00

6

Technology Touching Life

15:45

7

Unconscious Bias Training Session

17:15

 

Close

This will be a joint session of the Physical Sciences and Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Teams jointly chaired by Cameron Alexander and Alison Noble.

Tuesday 22nd February

CS12&13 Polaris House, Swindon

Meeting Agenda

09.00

1

Reflection on Joint Session with Healthcare Technologies

09.15

2

Physical Sciences Team Strategy and Team Activities

10.15

 

Coffee

10.30

3

Fellowship Strategy

12.00

 

Lunch

12.45

4

GCRF

13.30

5

Balancing Engagement

15.00

6

Wrap up Session

15.30

7

Close

Summary of physical sciences meeting notes and discussion items: 22-02-2017

EPSRC, Polaris House, Swindon

Attendees:

Members:

Prof Cameron Alexander (Chair)

University of Nottingham

 

Prof Sonia Contera

University of Oxford

 

Dr William Whittingham

Syngenta Ltd

 

Dr Alan Brown

BenevolentAI

 

Prof Chris Marrow

University of Leeds

 

Mr Martin O’Brien

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

 

Dr Emma Kendrick

University of Warwick

 

Prof Michael Hannon

University of Birmingham

 

Prof Graham Machin

National Physical Laboratory

 

Prof Adrian Mulholland

University of Bristol

 

Dr Sandrine Heutz

Imperial College

EPSRC Staff:

John Hand

Physical Sciences Theme Lead

 

Christina Turner

Senior Portfolio Manager

 

David Bowkett

Portfolio Manager

 

James Dracott

Portfolio Manager

 

Anna Angus-Smyth

Senior Portfolio Manager

 

Nyree Hill

Portfolio Manager

 

Susannah Cooke

Portfolio Manager

 

Sarah Haliwell

Building Leadership Team

 

Phillipa Knight

Physical Sciences Team

 

Talit Ghaffar

Portfolio Manager

Apologies:

Prof Duncan Graham

University of Strathclyde

 

Prof Jeremy Baumberg

University of Cambridge

 

Prof Miles Padgett

University of Glasgow

 

Prof Geoff Rodgers

Brunel University

 

Ms Isabella Van Damme

Mars Chocolate UK

 

Prof Rasmita Raval

University of Liverpool

 

Dr Steven Harris

BAE Systems

 

Prof Richard Winpenny

University of Manchester

  1. Reflections on Joint Session with Healthcare Technologies

    The SAT was invited to provide reflections on the joint session held with the Healthcare Technologies SAT the previous day. The SAT agreed that they found the session interesting and informative.

  2. Reflections on Unconscious Bias Session

    All EPSRC advisory bodies are undergoing unconscious bias training in 2017. The SAT was asked to comment on the training they had received the previous day. They stated that they found the session more interesting than online training and provided feedback on how the training could be better tailored to the role of the SAT.

  3. Physical Sciences Team Strategy and Team Activities

    John Hand explained to the SAT the Physical Sciences team had developed a new strategy which can be used to articulate what we are doing and why we are doing it. The SAT agreed that it was important to have clear strategic goals.

  4. Fellowship Strategy

    Anna Angus-Smyth presented the SAT with options for how the Physical Sciences team can evolve its fellowship strategy. The SAT provided advice on how the strategy should be formulated and communicated.

  5. Global Challenges Research Fund

    David Bowkett led a session to get SAT input on how to best engage physical scientists with the Global Challenges Research Fund.

  6. Balancing Engagement

    James Dracott presented the team’s plans for delivering the recently published Balancing Capability strategy. Christina Turner led a discussion of how the team should monitor its portfolio over the delivery plan period.

  7. Single Panel Report

    Christina Turner provided the SAT with an evaluation on the first four instances of the Physical Sciences team running a single prioritisation panel.

  8. AOB

    The following were suggested as topics for the next meeting:

    • CDTs
    • Mid-range facilities
    • Equipment & resource sharing
    • Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 3 July 2017.