Keynote speakers

Innovation & Research Agendas: Between policy priorities, societal challenges and academic autonomy

The keynote speakers will be discussing the main topic of the event following the "Fishbowl" method.

What is the Fishbowl method?

The fishbowl is a method to organise presentations and group discussions that offers the benefits of small group discussions – most notably, a spontaneous, conversational approach to discussing issues – within large group settings.

Monday 14th December, 9.30h to 12.30h CET ( Link )

Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). University of Sussex.

He works on research policy and biomedical innovation and serves as associate Editor of Research Policy, and Director of the MSc in Science and Technology Policy. The focus of his current project is on "serendipity" and the desirability/feasibility of targeting research (recently profiled in a lead Editorial by Nature). He studies research systems, how they are funded, evaluated, governed, managed, and how they can contribute to industrial and corporate change. His interest are around life sciences, sociology of health and medicine, economics and politics of innovation, history of science and technology, bibliometric mapping of science and technology… or, for shorthand, interdisciplinary research. His experience in these fields comes from his BSc in biochemistry, his MSc and PhD in science and technology policy (2010) and teaching modules at SPRU since 2007. He also dedicated time away from academia at the RAND Corporation (2009-12), a non-profit think tank where he co-produced reports serving clients in the private and charitable sectors, and informing policy in government departments. In 2012, he returned to SPRU. The first two papers from his PhD thesis both won prizes at innovation policy conferences. In 2014, he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship (that he declined) and an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship, staying 2 years at Columbia University, USA. In 2017, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to help build a new research team at SPRU.

Director of Policy. The British Academy.

Dr Molly Morgan Jones is Director of Policy and Engagement at the British Academy and was appointed in 2018. Molly oversees all the Academy’s policy work and activities, on topics ranging from the future of the corporation, understanding cohesive societies, reframing childhood to policy activities which provide leadership and support for social science and humanities disciplines in a changing and dynamic research and higher education ecosystem while informing and enriching dialogue about the value of humanities and social sciences for societal productivity and prosperity. Prior to joining the British Academy she was previously senior research leader with RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit policy research institute where she specialised in research and innovation policy. Molly also worked for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She received her DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex and has a BA in Biology from Northwestern University (Illinois), United States.