Minister Willetts talks-up UK tech capabilities
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science will present the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) 2013 Mountbatten Memorial Lecture entitled ‘Eight great technologies – and more’, on Wednesday 9th October.
The Minister’s lecture at the Royal Institution will identify the technologies he expects to have wide-ranging significance and potential economic importance for the UK.
These include: big data; satellites; robots; modern genetics; regenerative medicine; agricultural technologies; advanced materials; and energy storage.
According to Willetts, the UK’s research base is particularly strong in the eight areas identified.
However, he also contends that in order for the UK to become a global leader, it will be necessary not just to invest in these new and emerging technologies, but also to get better at applying the great research available.
“The very broad ranging science and research base in the UK is one of our greatest assets,” said Science Minister Willetts.
“There is a lot that government can and must do to continue to drive the development of world class technologies and scientific advances,” he said.
“I firmly believe that by further investing in and applying these new and emerging, eight great technologies, we can grow our economy and be at the forefront of the global science race.”
Chief executive of the IET, Nigel Fine believes that “the UK’s growing engineering capability could significantly contribute to our ascent up the global economic leader board.”