Science for a Successful Nation

Science for a Successful Nation will demonstrate the importance of long term investment in engineering and physical sciences to an invited audience of influential policymakers, business leaders and leading UK academics. It will celebrate 50 years of EPSRC and its predecessors, including the Science Research Council.

The event is by invitation only, at The Royal Society on Monday 02 March, will culminate in a debate addressing the question 'How do we sustain the UK as the globally leading knowledge economy?'

Draft programme

Time Activity


Event Opens

Opportunity to view the exhibition and informal networking


Opening Remarks (30 mins)

Dr Paul Golby or Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC


Parallel Discussion Sessions (50 mins)

Science for a Resilient Nation
How can science and engineering help build a resilient UK in an interconnected world?

  • Energy security - Dr Paul Golby (EPSRC Chair and Chair of National Grid. Former CEO of Eon)
  • Disaster prevention and management - Dr Tiziana Rossetto (UCL)
  • Cyber-resilience - Professor Nick Jennings (University of Southampton)

Science for a Healthy Nation
How can we re-tool the NHS and stimulate the UK life science sector?

  • Innovative approaches to healthcare - Lord Ara Darzi (Imperial College London)
  • Data for better health - Professor Lionel Tarassenko (University of Oxford)
  • Fighting anti-microbial resistance - Professor Rachel McKendry (UCL)



Coffee, networking, chance to view exhibition


Parallel Discussion Sessions (50 mins)

Science for a Connected Nation
How can we connect people and places in a sustainable way?

  • Smart cities - Professor Rachel Cooper (University of Leicester)
  • Internet of Things - Professor Tom Rodden (University of Nottingham)
  • Sustainable infrastructure - Professor Jim Hall (University of Oxford)

Science for a Prosperous Nation
How talented people and great ideas fuel future innovation?

  • From idea to commercialisation - Professor Karl Coleman (Durham University)
  • Investing in excellence for long term growth - Sam Bernard (Head of Research, Dyson)
  • The UK as a place to research and innovate - Brian Holliday (Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory division)

Reception and exhibition view

Refreshments, networking, chance to view exhibition charting 50 years of EPSRC research, discovery and innovation.


Debate plus closing remarks

How do we sustain the UK as a world-leading knowledge economy?

  • Dame Helen Alexander
    Chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority, and Incisive Media, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton
  • Professor Dame Ann Dowling
    President, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Professor Alice Gast
    President of Imperial College London
  • Marianne Hinson
    Head of Aero Technology and Development, McLaren F1
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato
    Professor of the Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex
  • Dr Lesley Thompson
    Director of Programmes, EPSRC