The Industrial Strategy Commission was formally launched on Monday March 6th at a packed event at the Royal Society in London.
The Commission which is led jointly by SPERI and policy@manchester is an authoritative inquiry into the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK. Dr Craig Berry, Deputy Director of SPERI, and Professor Richard Jones, SPERI Associate Fellow and Professor of Physics and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, are members of the Commission team. Tom Hunt, Policy Research Officer at SPERI, is managing the Commission’s work.
At the launch on Monday Richard Jones, a Fellow of the Royal Society, welcomed everyone to the launch before handing over to Dame Kate Barker, Chairman of the Commission. Dame Kate outlined the aims and vision behind the Commission and encouraged the audience to submit evidence to the Commission.
Three distinguished guest speakers Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI, Juergen Maier, Chief Executive of Siemens UK, and Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Chair of Research Councils UK then spoke to share their expert perspectives on what a new industrial strategy should entail.
Professor Diane Coyle, member of the Commission, then chaired a Q&A session and the panel responded to a wide range of questions and comments from the audience. Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester closed the event before a drinks reception was held.
The capacity launch of the Commission was attended by Members of Parliament, civil servants, national journalists, university researchers, representatives from leading businesses, research institutes and thinktanks, and members of the public.
Follow @IndStrategyComm on Twitter to see tweets, photos and videos from the launch event.
The launch of the Commission was covered by The Times and a comment piece by Kate Barker was published in the Financial Times.