Promoting Innovation at Liberal Democrats' Conference

Published on 18 October 2013

Professor Phil Bowen, Director of the School of Engineering, has taken part in the Liberal Democrats' Party Conference in Glasgow, as one of the members of the DODS Innovation Panel. The title of the Panel session was "Innovation for the nation: Can the UK lead the world in R&D spend on advanced manufacturing?"

Professor Bowen has a keen interest in increasing innovation and entrepreneurship in universities, and believes that they have a key role to play in supporting business and the economy.  The Panel comprises a group of cross sector, cross party experts, established to examine key areas such as encouraging innovation, competing in a globalizing economy, and exploiting our leading science and research base.  Professor Bowen represents the University sector, along with Professor Philip Nelson from the University of Southampton.  The Panel also includes Sir Roger Bone President of Boeing, Dr Marcello Grassi of Spirit AeroSystems, Sir Alan Rudge from the ERA Foundation, Dr Adam Heathfield of Pfizer, Mr Bob Delorge from Raytheon UK, and representatives from EPSRC, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. It is accompanied by MPs Andrew Miller, Caroline Dinenage, Chi Onwurah and George Freeman, as well as the Aerospace Knowledge Transfer Network's Ruth Mallors.

The Dods Innovation Panel  looks at original research and holds regular meetings in order to devise recommendations to make the UK the number one destination for the world in research and development and advanced manufacturing

The events at all three of the autumn party conferences, form part of a year-long programme of activity which will culminate in a key findings report, and will consider what combined government and business action is needed to make the UK the most attractive place possible for inward investment.