Tomorrow’s Giants conference in July


The Royal Society and Nature present: Tomorrow’s Giants, a conference on 1 July 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK

Tomorrow’s Giants will bring together scientists and policy makers to gather scientists vision of the next 50 years, to address questions such as: What is required to enable academic achievement of the highest quality? What will science be like in 10 and in 50 years time? What will be the main goals and challenges?

Attendance at the conference is by application. Applications are encouraged by The Royal Society and Nature from early and mid-career scientists with an interest in the key topics of the conference and who wish to make a positive contribution to the parallel sessions and the panel discussion.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

9:00 a.m.

-Welcome and Introduction

-Lord Martin Rees, President, The Royal Society – Philip Campbell, Editor in Chief, Nature

9:30 a.m.

-Parallel Sessions

-Leaders in the field will be raising questions and looking at the challenges across three major themes identified for Tomorrow’s giants.


Moderator: Dame Sally C Davies, Director General of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and NHS -Careers

Moderator: Robin Williams, Director of the Research Centre for Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh -Measuring and assessing

Moderator: David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) at the Higher Education Funding Council for England

11:00 a.m.

-Feedback session

1:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

2:45 p.m.

-Panel Discussion

-Our Panel of leading policy and decision makers along with representatives for the three themes will answer questions raised in the parallel sessions and discuss selected topics from the event’s Nature Network Forum


John Beringer, University of Bristol

Lord Paul Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of External Research, Microsoft Terence Kealey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham Adrian Smith, Director General, Science and Research, BIS

3:45 p.m.

-Concluding remarks

Tomorrow’s Giants conference website and online application form.


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