A high-level UK science and innovation delegation visited Bogota, Medellin and Cali to discuss opportunities.
The UK is a world leader in science and innovation. The UK has won 76 Nobel Prizes for science and technology. That’s second in the world and more than anywhere else in Europe. Many of the most life-changing innovations over the last 25 years have had key parts made, designed or developed in the UK – from the World Wide Web to the cell phone with GSM services, General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) and dual-mode 3G. The UK is Europe’s leading market for software and IT services. London has more software and IT services companies than any major US city. Tech City, London is the largest and fastest-growing tech cluster in Europe, with over 600 digital and media companies located in and around East London.
Given the UK’s key strengths in science and innovation and following the Guest of Government visit to London by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a high-level UK science and innovation delegation (Professor David Clary, Dr Tunde Idowu, Consultant Paul Simmonds, Dr Rafael Popper, Dr Geoff Gregson and UK Prosperity Officer in Colombia Peter Bainbridge) visited Bogota, Medellin and Cali to discuss opportunities to identify how the UK and Colombia can develop a stronger relationship on science and innovation.
During the visit, the delegation met representatives from Colciencias, the National Planning Department, the offices of the Mayor of Medellin and Cali, the Governor of Antioquia’s office, Tecnnova, RUTA N and a number of universities to identify areas for collaboration – including in the areas of nanotechnology, health, urban planning, transportation and the commercialisation of science.
The delegation expressed their delight to be invited to Colombia and look forward to developing a deeper relationship with Colombia on science and innovation.
See also Spanish version at Reino Unido visita a Colombia en temas de ciencia e innovación
Invited to speak about “Grand Challenges and S&T Foresight” at the section of «Science and Innovation» of the XIII International Academic Conference on “Economic and Social Development”
(Moscow, Russia – 4 April 2012)
The presentation was part of Session One on “Science and Technology Foresight in Russia”. The session was attended by over 200 people and moderated by Dr. Dirk Meissner. Other presentations of the session included: “S&T Foresight and its Place in Russian S&T Policy” by Prof. Leonid Gokhberg; and “S&T Foresight: Methods and Organisation” by Prof. Alexander Sokolov. The session discussant was Dr Oleg Karasev.