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An audience with Sir Mark Walport

Tuesday 17th May 2016 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science, Professor of Medicine, Imperial College London

Sir Mark’s responsibilities include providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet and advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology. He also leads the science and engineering profession within the Civil Service.

In this lecture, Sir Mark Walport will explore the significance of science within government under four main headings: growing the economy; handling emergencies; informing policy development; and advocacy. Each of these will be illustrated with recent or current issues and with reference to emerging technology-driven opportunities. Sir Mark will also consider these issues within the context of public trust, engagement and values.

As the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA), Sir Mark is responsible for:

  • providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet
  • advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology
  • ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government

As the Head of the Science and Engineering Profession (HoSEP), he is responsible for:

  • leading the science and engineering profession within the Civil Service
  • co-ordinating and encouraging the sharing of good practice
  • working with departmental HoSEPs to ensure that scientists are able to access the right professional skills and learning and development activities within their departments

Previously, Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust, the global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds.   Before joining the Trust he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.  

He is Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and has been a member of since 2004.   He has also been a member of the India UK CEO Forum, the UK India Round Table and the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.  He is a member of a number of international advisory bodies.
 
He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: SAF Building, Imperial College London

Campus Map reference 33
on the Imperial College London Map