The white heat of Welsh technology – the future of science and innovation | 13.03.18

The white heat of Welsh technology – the future of science and innovation | 13.03.18

“The white heat of Welsh technology – the future of science and innovation”

Professor Peter Quantick, Director, RedKnight Consultancy Ltd
Introduction by Dean of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s new Cardiff School of Technologies

Talk to be held at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, The Old Debating Chamber, 6.30 pm – 8 pm, 13th March 2018

Since Harold Wilson’s speech on the white heat of technology over 50 years ago, which reflected on the pace of technological change and its implications for industry, his vision of a world transformed by a scientific revolution has come to pass through support from public and private funding streams.

Artificial intelligence, advances in transport, green technologies, nanotechnologies and medical science developments have and are continuing to have a significant effect on all our lives. Peter will discuss:

  1. some current developments in science and technology and their impact on society
  2. the role of public funding and private sector involvement in scientific and technological progress.
  3. He will draw on examples of companies which his company has supported, from Wales and further afield which are driving progress in a range of future and emerging technologies.

In his talk Prof Quantick will draw upon has extensive experience in project evaluation and review, having performed these activities for c. 100 European projects funded by DG Research and Innovation. This includes Research and Innovation projects; Marie Curie Fellowships; SME projects and projects managed by the new agencies such as the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Unit. He has acted as an expert for the European Commission (EC) on a number of panels and been involved in Ex-Post Evaluations and Impact Assessment for Framework projects, including an Ex Post Evaluation of Framework Programme 7 in the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) area.

Peter Quantick is also able to draw examples from his expertise in European Research Policy and has been a participant in a number of EC funded projects from Framework Programme 5 to the present, including research and innovation projects, Marie Curie Fellowships, SME based projects, Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) and INCO-Copernicus Projects.  He has also acted as an evaluator for structural funded programme projects.

Speakers Biographies

Professor Peter Quantick

Peter is co-founder and Director of RedKnight Consultancy Ltd  which was established in 2015. Peter previously worked in the University sector and was Head of Research Office at the University of Lincoln for 10 years. From 2008 to 2014 he was European Projects Director at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he was made Professor of European Research and Innovation. He held the post of Director of European at the University of Wales Trinity St David from 2014 – 2015.

Peter has over 30 years of relevant experience in an academic and professional capacity and has been involved in the development and delivery of over 50 European projects. This includes the direct management of over 25 projects in the areas of research, development, innovation, training and inter-regional collaboration. He has generated c. £1 million of personal income and supported the development of projects to a value of c. £20 million from Framework Programmes 5, 6, 7 and Horizon 2020, Erasmus Plus (Lifelong Learning) Projects and Structural Funds Projects (ERDF; ESF; INTERREG and EAFRD).

Professor Jon Platts

Prof Platts is the recently appointed Dean of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s new Cardiff School of Technologies. Prof Platts has in-depth experience of the defence industry and technology and is a widely published, high level manager and Company Director.

He has a breadth of industry and research experience in autonomous systems, machine intelligence and the human machine interface.

Prof Platts began his career as a Royal Air Force Officer in 1986 before moving on to the Defence Evaluation Research Agency to lead the technical output of the department’s Unmanned Air System research into autonomy. He subsequently worked for the science and technology business Qinetiq Plc where he was the architect and author of a research portfolio which grew from £30K to £30m during his twelve year tenure.

His new role at Cardiff Met will see him lead the ambitious multi-million pound School of Technologies’ launch and development, which will further establish the University as a world leader within the tech industry.


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The talk is sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University