To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, SPRU hosted a major conference earlier this year (7-9 September 2016), based on the overarching theme of ‘Transforming Innovation’.
SPRU has been at the forefront of thinking on science, technology and innovation policy for over half a century. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, we believe that innovation policy has the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most central challenges, such as sustainable development and inequality.
Over three days, we brought together over 550 leading thinkers from business, academia and civil society to explore the future of innovation policy. The first day of the conference had a more policy- and practitioner-oriented focus, followed by two further days of academic conference.