About the keynote speaker
Dr. Michael Gibbons was an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) at Sussex University from 2004 to 2007, following his retirement as Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Prior to these appointments he was Founding Director of the Programme of Policy Research in Engineering Science and Technology at the University of Manchester and Director of Research and Technology Transfer in that University. Professor Gibbons has an active research interest in science and technology policy and has carried out research in the process of technological innovation in industry and the evaluation of research. He is co-author with colleagues of two major books on the nature of contemporary science: New Modes of Knowledge Production and Re-thinking Science, which have arguably set the agenda for much current science policy debate.