Last week, Aspectus PR’s event marketing and engineering teams supported our Client, the IET, at the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture, which was this year presented by the Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science at the Royal Institution.During the lecture Mr Willetts asserted that the UK’s broad ranging world-class science and research base is one of the country’s greatest assets. However, he also argued that in order for the UK to become a global leader, it will be necessary not just to invest in new and emerging technologies, but to apply the research available.

The Minister set out how the UK will tackle some of the greatest challenges society faces, like climate change, energy storage, food production, and population growth. He then outlined the eight technologies he sees having significant economic importance for the UK. These were big data, satellites, robots, modern genetics, regenerative medicine, agricultural technologies, advanced materials, and energy storage.

What is really encouraging is that Mr Willetts also announced that considerable government funding has been put aside to drive development of world-class technologies and scientific advances in the UK. This includes a £70-million Agri-Tech Catalyst, which will help new agricultural technologies bridge the so-called ‘valley of death’ between research and application; £44 million for projects to monitor ocean currents in the North Atlantic; £3.5 million to develop innovative tools and services like gene sequencing for the UK synthetic biology industry; and £15 million for King’s College London to create a Research and Innovation Hub at Guy’s Hospital.

The Mountbatten Memorial Lecture is one of the nine Prestige Lectures Aspectus is promoting on behalf of the IET. The third lecture in the series is the IET Young Professionals’ Event. Being held on Thursday 24 October 2013 at the Royal Institution, it will be delivered by Richard Hague and focus on the future role of 3D printing in manufacturing.

All the lectures are free to attend, so if you are involved in engineering and technology, do make some time in your diary and we hope to see you there.

For further information and to register go to: http://conferences.theiet.org/lectures/

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