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LISTEN: 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.

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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. 

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.

Episode 3: Driving collaboration between research and industry with Baroness Brown (Release: 29th June 2021)

Listen to Professor Dame Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) DBE, FRS, FREng, share her views on the importance of blue skies research, driving innovation through collaboration between research and industry, and the opportunity COP26 presents for showcasing UK technology developments in green growth. Baroness Brown is Chair of the Carbon Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Ørsted. 

Episode 4: The challenges of growing a business with Maya Pindeus (Release: 20th July 2021)

Listen to Maya Pindeus share her views on the future of Artificial Intelligence technologies and the challenges of growing a business. Maya is a human experience designer, architect and engineer with a deep passion for Human Machine interactions. 

Episode 5: Creating a more connected UK research and innovation ecosystem with Ottoline Leyser (Release: 3rd August 2021)

Listen to Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser share her views on research culture, the future of UK innovation and the role of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) within it. Ottoline is the Chief Executive of UKRI and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge. 

Episode 6: Establishing an innovative startup to tackle online malicious content with Sasha Haco (Release: 24th August 2021)

Listen to Sasha Haco tell the story of her entrepreneurial journey, from studying for her PhD at Cambridge University to launching a business that is innovating in the application of Artificial Intelligence technologies. Sasha is co-founder and CEO of Unitary.AI, a content moderation start-up that is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect harmful videos on the internet. 

Episode 7: Technology as a crucial national asset with Lord David Willetts (Release: 14th September 2021)

Listen to Lord David Willetts’ views on how the UK innovation landscape is evolving and how the Government’s Innovation Strategy will facilitate technology development and support levelling up. Lord Willetts is the President of the Resolution Foundation. 

Episode 8: Championing UK innovation on the world stage with Chi Onwurah MP (Release: 5th October 2021)

Listen to Chi Onwurah MP’s views on the impact of technology in the UK and the roles of the key players in driving innovation for sectoral and geographical development. Chi is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Digital, Science and Technology.

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