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Supercharging Innovation Podcast

Welcome to the Supercharging Innovation Podcast!

In this podcast, we are putting UK innovation under the spotlight and exploring the role of Government, businesses, the research community, private investors, and other innovative organisations in strengthening the economy through collaboration.

Jeremy Silver, Chair of the Catapult Network, talks with some of the UK’s top parliamentarians, industrial and academic leaders to get their views on innovation. Subscribe now.

Series Introduction

Episode 1:
Maximising the UK’s innovation potential
with Lord Robert Mair

Release: 1st June 2021

Listen to Lord Robert Mair’s views on the role of innovation for UK economic recovery, investors & technology, levelling up, the skills agenda and equality, diversity and inclusion. Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, and Member of the House of Lords, Lord Mair has an accomplished civil engineering career, specialising in underground construction and experience of leading numerous projects in the UK and worldwide. As a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, he recently took part in their inquiry into how Catapults can better contribute to delivering the UK’S R&D roadmap.

Episode 2:
Growing regional innovation ecosystems
with Juergen Maier

Release: 15th June 2021

Listen to Juergen Maier’s views on scaling frontier industries, growing regional innovation ecosystems and how Catapults can support the levelling up agenda. Juergen is Chair of the Digital Catapult and is the co-Chair, with BEIS Business Secretary of State, of the Made Smarter Commission and Deputy Chair of the Northern Powerhouse. He is the former Chief Executive of Siemens UK, an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalization of the UK manufacturing sector and was awarded a CBE in 2019.