Dr Julian Huppert

Director, Intellectual Forum at Jesus College Cambridge

Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge

Former MP for Cambridge

Dr Julian Huppert is an academic and politician. He is Founding Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, Cambridge, a new interdisciplinary centre looking at a very wide range of important issues, mostly with public policy relevance. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. His background is as a scientist, working on unusual structures of DNA and using genomics to identify anti-cancer drug targets. He was the Member of Parliament for Cambridge from 2010-15, representing the Liberal Democrats. He served on the Home Affairs Select Committee for five years, as well as serving on the Joint Committee on Human Rights and on the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He was the Lib Dem spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities, and on Transport, and was named 2012 ‘Internet Hero of the Year’, and 2013 ‘Parliamentary Beard of the Year’, among other awards. He is a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd, and a member of the Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group, looking at topics such as big data and facial recognition. He was Deputy Chair of the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group until it was abolished, and continues to be Chair of the NHS C&P Ethical Committee. He was Chair of the Panel of Independent Reviewers for DeepMind Health, pioneering a new approach to oversight and governance in technology companies, and advises a range of Edtech companies.

  • 17 October 2023, 5:30pm

    Earning public trust in evidence informed policy: Professor Alondra Nelson

    Professor Alondra Nelson, former deputy assistant to President Joe Biden, and acting director and principal deputy director for science and society of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), will discuss what she has learned from leading the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • 13 June 2023, 5:30pm

    The 2023 Dr S T Lee Public Policy Lecture

    The 2023 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture will be given by Professor Melissa Leach, Director at the Institute of Development Studies.

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