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Science Meets Design

How collaboration can drive foward the UK economy

On Monday 28th October, the Technology Strategy Board hosted "Science Meets Design" in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The event was a stimulating evening of discussion with the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. The evening aimed to bring together leading thinkers in design and science to discuss how greater collaboration can drive forward the UK economy. 

The event, which was the first time debates were co-located across the Design Museum and Science Museums in London, saw Minister for Universities & Science David Willetts cross the city to appear at both venues to listen to expert advice on how collaboration between science and design can be fostered. 

The Technology Strategy Board hopes this conversation starts a step-change in dialogue on how the science and design communities can collaborate further going forward. It is encouraging people to keep on sharing views on science and design collaboration with the hashtag #sciencemeetsdesign. The Technology Strategy Board will be sharing a summary video of the night but in the meantime you can watch the complete action at both venues here

A number of recommendations were presented at the close of the discussion, which can be found below.

Recommendations from Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum on behalf of the speakers at the Design Museum:

  • At the education level, our recommendation is for the Minister for Universities & Science to take on the responsibility of being an acting Minister for Design, advocating the place of design in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics – subjects.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, we need greater collaboration across government departments, institutions, and museums to help stimulate the UK economy.

Recommendations from David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes, Technology Strategy Board on behalf of the speakers at the Science Museum:

  • The need to break down language barriers and come up with new ways of expression to encourage interaction between scientists, engineers and designers of all shades.
  • It is important to celebrate the successes of joint working and to communicate that, when these two areas work together, what results is great products and services that people remember and buy.
  • The last recommendation, which is a strong point for the Technology Strategy Board and the Research Councils, is to fund this collaboration so that it becomes more commonplace and established, and goes on to power the next industrial revolution.

 

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