Innovation is critical to the future of our economy and society. How does the UK's current approach to supporting innovation measure up, and how do innovation policies need to change to capture the opportunities and tackle the challenges ahead?

As we near the close of another tumultuous year for the UK, Nesta are hosting an event on Thursday 14 December to debate these big questions with the authors of two new books exploring the changing role of science, innovation and technology:

  • Capitalism without Capital, by Stian Westlake and Prof Jonathan Haskel
  • A University Education by David Willetts

We will reflect on how governments invest in innovation, the role of universities in the 21st Century, and the links between technical progress, inequality and productivity.

This event will be of interest to policymakers, practitioners and academics in the fields of innovation, science and technology. It is an opportunity to engage with new and exciting ideas about the key issues facing our economy and society as it changes, and to enter into cross-sectoral discussion and debate.

Stian Westlake is policy adviser to the minister of state for science and innovation, and a Senior Fellow at Nesta. Jonathan Haskel is professor of economics at Imperial College Business School. David Willetts is Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, former science and innovation minister and a board member of UKRI.

You can find out more and register for the event here.

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