Blue skies ahead? The prospects for UK science
Monday, November 30, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)
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How can we ensure our outstanding research base continues to lead the world in the 21st Century? Or inspire and support the next generation of scientists who will tackle the big challenges ahead?
To help answer these questions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, together with Times Higher Education and the Wellcome Trust, invite you to join science minister Lord Drayson and a panel of up-and-coming scientists for an open discussion.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard on your hopes and fears about the future of science.
For people unable to attend in person, this free event will be streamed live on the THE website at www.timeshighereducation.co.uk. Viewers will be welcome to participate in the debate via Twitter, citing #sciblue.
On the Panel
Lord Drayson – The Minister for Science and Innovation.
Colin Stuart – science communicator
Colin is a freelance science communicator, writer and broadcaster. He is also a freelance astronomer working for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Dr Lewis Dartnell – University College, London
Lewis is an astrobiologist working on whether life can survive on Mars. He is also a prolific freelance science journalist and author of the popular science book 'Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide'.
Suzie Sheehy – John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science
Suzie is on the verge of completing her DPhil at Oxford University designing a new type of particle accelerator for cancer treatment using protons and carbon ions.
Alom Shaha – Science teacher and film-maker
Alom is passionate about science education and has a long history of stressing the importance of science to our continuing welfare, culminating in his most recent project, Why Is Science Important? www.whyscience.co.uk
Chair: particle physicist and science presenter Professor Brian Cox
Originally a musician with bands Dare and D:Ream, Brian completed a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics and is now mainly based in Manchester and at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland where he works on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). His ability to present science in an engaging, exciting and interesting way makes him a popular television presenter and radio broadcaster.