Caudwell Strong Britain: The UK science and technology environment in 2024 and implications for ‘Net Zero’

This event celebrates the launch of a Report written by Dr Mann Virdee for the Caudwell Strong Britain research project which explores the strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s science and technology ecosystem. This Report outlines ways for the UK to become the world’s first Net Zero superpower and to build a more competitive and resilient science and technological base. Doing so will unlock the country’s potential for enhanced prosperity and security, and help protect the environment for future generations.

The Council on Geostrategy is delighted to invite you a public panel event, ‘Caudwell Strong Britain: The UK science and technology environment in 2024 and implications for “Net Zero”’. John Caudwell and Lord Risby will present some welcoming remarks before Dr Mann Virdee presents the findings of the Report. Dr Alicia Greated and Ben Scott-Robinson will speak on the panel and Chi Onwurah MP will be our Chair.

Welcoming remarks

John Caudwell

Philanthropist, business leader and Phones 4U founder

John Caudwell is a philanthropist, business leader, and was the founder of Phones 4U. Since selling the company in 2006, his primary focus has been charitable and philanthropic work, and he has founded three charities. John is passionate about tackling climate change and growing the UK economy by reaching Net Zero targets.


Dr Mann Virdee

  • Senior Research Fellow (Science, Technology and Economics), Council on Geostrategy
    Dr Mann Virdee is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy. Previously, he was a researcher in science and emerging technologies at RAND Europe. Mann has also worked for the UK Parliament and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF. He holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, an MSc from King’s College, London, and a BSc from Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Alicia Greated

  • Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
    Dr Alicia Greated is Executive Director of Campaign for Science and Engineering where she leads a dynamic organisation that has shaped significant changes in public policy. Previously, she was the CEO of the Knowledge Transfer Network, and before that was Global Director of Research and Enterprise at Heriot Watt University. Alicia spent many years working for the UK Research Councils and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and holds a number of advisory roles.

Ben Scott-Robinson

  • Co-founder and CEO, Small Robot Company
    Ben Scott-Robinson is the Co-founder of the Small Robot Company, established in 2017 with a vision to transform food production with accurate, smart, lightweight robots. The Small Robot Company closed in 2024. Since then, Ben has been advising on the challenges of deeptech hardware entrepreneurship. Previously, he worked in next generation geolocation technology and user experience design, helping to shape Ordnance Survey’s digital transformation and was an early mobile technology innovator, including creating a phone for blind people.


Chi Onwurah MP

  • Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation)
    Chi Onwurah is the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and the Shadow Minister for Science, Research & Innovation. Previously, she has been a Shadow Minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, a Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and a Shadow Minister in the Cabinet Office. Prior to Chi’s election as an MP in May 2010, she worked as Head of Telecom’s Technology at Ofcom. Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School.


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Caudwell Strong Britain: The UK science and technology environment in 2024 and implications for ‘Net Zero’



Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster
London,SW1A 0AAUnited Kingdom
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