Universities as engines of regional prosperity: the case for greater investment in European R&I | Sir Anton Muscatelli – Principal of the University of Glasgow
Scotland has a history of outstanding scientific innovation and the science and research base continues to be among the best in the world today; five of the institutions in the world’s top 200 universities are located in Scotland and it holds the title for the most citations relative to GDP globally. The University of Glasgow, of which Sir Anton Muscatelli is currently Principal, epitomises Scotland’s leadership and international outlook, having recently contributed to Nobel prize-winning and ground-breaking research on gravitational waves.
Amid upcoming discussions on the multi-annual financial framework, and heated political debate on the next budget in the context of the Brexit vote, as Europeans, face a pivotal moment in history for the framework programme. While the negotiations will dictate the future of UK participation in European programmes and funding after March 2019, the EU is considering new tools in its R&I armoury to solve societies’ challenges. What role will universities play?
In this discussion, Sir Anton will offer his perspective on how universities can drive European prospects globally, the importance of the international mobility and attraction of top talent, and how we contribute to achieving a win-win scenario for collaborative R&I post-Brexit. The discussion will be guided by some of the ideas elaborated in the Scottish response to the consultation on the next framework programme.
Sir Anton Muscatelli was elected Principal of the University of Glasgow in 2009 and is also Chair of the Russell Group of Universities. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for services to economics and higher education. He chairs the First Minister of Scotland’s Standing Council on Europe, and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers.
The discussion will be followed by an informal networking reception.
Please register by 14 February to firstname.lastname@example.org