20.03.17

Government Office for Science to Address Transport Challenges of the Future at Microlise Transport Conference

A senior UK policy maker, who supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in providing advice directly to the Prime Minister, will speak at the Microlise Transport Conference on the 17 May.

Dr Rupert Lewis leads the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) and was previously Head of Automotive policy in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he led work on setting up the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).

Speaking in the main conference agenda at Europe’s largest road transport conference, Dr Lewis will give delegates an insight into the work his department is doing in advising government on how science, and scientific evidence, can be part of a solution to the transport industry’s challenges. He will also deliver a view of the future, how the UK may change and develop; and how those changes will impact transport operators.

In his current position his scope of responsibilities range from providing science based advice during emergencies, to horizon scanning and the delivery of the Foresight programme of major futures projects looking ahead 10-100 years.

The Microlise Transport Conference attracts more than a thousand transport professionals annually. Free-to-attend, in May it will again take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry and include a full day’s programme supported by three specially curated workshops and a sizable exhibition area.

The conference will once again be chaired by award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson.

“We’re delighted to have confirmed Dr Lewis as he is directly contributing to decisions that will ensure the prosperity of our industry in the future. A first-hand scan of the transport horizon from one of the UK’s most senior scientific advisors is a rare opportunity,” said Bob Harbey, Microlise Executive Director.

The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards will also be hosted at the conference to celebrate the UK’s most talented HGV drivers; both through analysis of more than 100,000 drivers’ telematics data, as well as a number of nominated categories.

Registration has opened through the conference website at www.microliseconference.com.

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ABOUT DR RUPERT LEWIS
Rupert leads the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) which supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, providing science and engineering advice direct to the Prime Minister and to the Cabinet to enhance the capacity to create, and use, science and engineering evidence across government departments.  Its scope ranges from the provision of science advice during emergencies, to horizon scanning and the delivery of the Foresight programme of major futures projects looking ahead 10-100 years.

Rupert’s previous roles were Head of Automotive policy in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he also led work on business risks and contingency planning. Prior to this he was BIS Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, head of Climate Adaptation policy (Defra), leading the UK’s first cross-economy climate risk assessment, he led a Defra agency rationalisation, and in 2007 set up the Prime Minister’s ‘Business Council for Britain’.

In 2004, whilst in a previous spell in the Office of Science & Technology (OST), a predecessor of GO-Science, working to the then Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir David King, Rupert initiated the ‘Horizon Scanning Centre’.

Rupert has BSc in Marine Biology, a PhD in genetics, and worked on new technologies in aquaculture start-ups in SE Asia, South Africa, and Europe prior to joining Government in 2002.

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