2024 CSaP Annual Conference

18 June 2024, 9:30am


CSaP Annual Conference: UK science and technology for innovation, growth and society

The Royal Society, London

18 June 2024, 10am - 6pm followed by a networking reception

Our Annual Conference brings together an audience of policy professionals, academic experts and business leaders for a day of talks and presentations, and to share and discuss issues and ideas on a range of topics from innovation and economic growth to climate and sustainability. Speakers from government, academia, and industry will present examples of how we are working together to address new and emerging policy challenges.

Networking sessions

In addition to keynote talks and panel discussions, this year our conference will provide a forum for attendees to participate in small group discussions on topics of particular interest led by academics and policy professionals in our network. Sessions will also provide an opportunity for tech companies and university researchers to showcase their work and its benefits to public policy.


Morning sessions (10am-1pm)
  • Future of science and technology in the UK
  • Innovation and economic growth
  • Future of quantum
  • Net zero
  • Built environment
Afternoon sessions (1pm-6pm)
  • Networking with demos and themed discussions
  • AI in health
  • Biodiversity
  • Future of science and technology in the UK
Followed by drinks reception.
Confirmed speakers and chairs so far include:
  • Ronita Bardhan, Associate Professor of Sustainability in the Built Environment, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
  • Steve Brierley, CEO, Riverlane
  • Josh Fedder, Deputy Head, Office for Quantum Technologies, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
  • Shaun Fitzgerald, Director, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge
  • Nick Godfrey, Senior Adviser, Grantham Research Institute, LSE
  • Andrew Griffith MP, UK Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
  • Helena Knowles, Assistant Professor, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Ben Rimmington, Director General, Net Zero Buildings and Industry, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Hetan Shah, Chief Executive, British Academy
  • Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Niva Thiruchelvam, Executive, Hakluyt
  • Anna Valero, Director, Growth Programme, LSE Centre for Economic Performance
  • Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior Associate, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

How to register

Cost of attending:

  • Early-career researchers (students and postdocs) - £55
  • Current Policy Fellows (recruited since April 2022) - £125
  • Continuing Policy Fellows and Policy Leaders Fellows - £125
  • Other government and academic attendees - £160
  • Horn and Dowling Policy Fellows - £250
  • Industry - £325

Please go to our registration page on the University website to book and pay for your attendance, and to let us know what topic you are particularly interested in hearing about. Those who register early are more likely to have their chosen topics featured at the event.

For those interested in sponsoring and/or having a stand at our conference, please email jackie.ouchikh@csap.cam.ac.uk.
For further information, please email annualconference2024@csap.cam.ac.uk
Dr Ronita Bardhan

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald

Centre for Climate Repair

Dr Helena Knowles

Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

Ben Rimmington

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ)

Dr Anna Valero

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Dimitri Zenghelis

Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Nick Godfrey

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Hetan Shah

British Academy

Dr Hayaatun Sillem

Royal Academy of Engineering