Nobel Laureate Professor Andre Geim joins The Innovation Debate 2012, The Royal Society, 20th November 2012

  Nobel Laureate Professor Andre Geim joins The Innovation Debate 2012, The
                      Royal Society, 20th November 2012

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Nobel Laureate PROFESSOR ANDRE GEIM will join the distinguished panel of
world-leading experts and chairman Professor Jim Al-Khalili , for The
Innovation Debate 2012 , taking place on 20 ^th November 2012 at 4pm, at the
Royal Society in London, webcast live at .

Together they will debate "How do you innovate in a time of austerity?" and
"Are we doing enough to nurture innovators of the future?"

Presenting his views on the current state of innovation, Professor Geim - who
is the Langworthy and Royal Society

Research Professor at the University of Manchester and Director of its Centre
for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology - said:

"The underlying reason for the current economic stagnation is a set of
macroeconomic problems that choke innovation.

"We have practically exhausted the fundamental knowledge base that is
essential for creating new disruptive technologies; academia, which is
responsible for delivering new knowledge, has lost its public support and is
chronically underfunded; industry completely demolishedits earlier
infrastructure, which allowed the exploitation of new fundamental knowledge;
and we continue to nurture younggenerationswho aspire to no more than
becoming bankers, civil servants or professionally unemployed.

"Opportunistic human nature is largely responsible for these societal
developments because we aimat low-hanging fruit and neglect social and
economic investments that do not promise immediate returns."

Professor Geim - who in 2010 was awarded the Nobel Prize for his
ground-breaking work on Graphene, a one-atom-thick material made of carbon  -
will join fellow panellists who include: Tudor Brown , former President of
Cambridge-based semiconductor giant ARM Holdings; PROFESSORPaul Workman ,
Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Cancer Research; PROFESSORMARIANA
MAZZUCATO , Professor in Economics at the University of Sussex, whose
speciality is industrial economics and the economics of growth; PROFESSORPAUL
BOYLE , Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC),
International Champion of Research Councils UK (RCUK) and President of
Brussels-based research organisation Science Europe and DRBeau Lotto ,
neuroscientist attached to University College, London's Institute of

In a tough economic climate, innovation needs to remain the lifeblood of
science, technology and the economy. There is an urgent need to focus on how
best to promote and nurture innovation - today and in the future.

That is why The Innovation Debate 2012 - organised and funded by Astellas
Pharma Europe Ltd . - is bringing together influential and respected figures
from the worlds of science, technology, medicine, education, engineering,
government, industry and the media to discuss how best to encourage and
nurture scientific innovation. The aim of The Innovation Debate is to air
crucial issues, draw positive conclusions and to move the agenda forward.

Everyone - professionals in science and technology, students and the general
public - will have the opportunity to engage with The Innovation Debate
through online media, taking discussions far beyond the walls of the Royal

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