The Research and Development Society's events feature leading speakers from business, policy and academia discussing a wide variety of issues relating to research and development, including knowledge transfer, innovation and business management. The events allow attendees to examine and discuss key issues in R&D, to reflect on the applicability of good practice from one market sector in others, and to encourage networking between attendees from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. The R&D Society welcomes new members, who support the development of the Society and influence its direction.
Ian Harvey - Intellectual Property Rights - Catalyst or inhibitor to a low carbon future?
The talk covers the linkages between invention, patents and economic growth and explore the IP issues that are often seen to be negative. The arguments for IP being least-worst route to the rapid development and deployment of low carbon technologies are equally applicable to most other technology areas. Finally, what are the key IP issues in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in November 2009?
David King - The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century
The 2008 Duncan Davies lecture: The challenges of the 21st century
Sir David King
Tuesday 15 July 2008
The scientific consensus about human-induced climate change is both unequivocal and urgent. The challenges we face from this and its subsequent implications, whether it’s from food security to water resource to population growth to our wellbeing mean major challenges for society as we progress through the rest of the century.
Sir David King, the former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and the new Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, will in his speech, outline the environmental challenges we face and how best they can and should be tackled.