Stephen Emmott

Stephen Emmott

Stephen Emmott


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the science and the scientists of tomorrow

Professor Stephen Emmott

Group Director & Chief Scientist

External Research Office

Microsoft Research

transformation of academia & business underway

1. ‘new kind of science’

2. relationship between basic research & innovation

ace to win ‘next wave’ of science-based innovation

ace will be won by the scientists of tomorrow

1: the science

a computational revolution : ‘new kind of science’

computational biology

molecular biology



systems biology

programming the cell

iological computation

‘classical’ computing just subset of what’s possible

non-classical computing occurs in nature

3.5Bn years of natures own R&D

computational chemistry

computational physics

computational earth science

computational engineering

2: the scientists

computational scientists =

new skills, new tools, new problems

scientifically AND computationally excellent

problem 1: decline in interest in science

problem 2: failures in science pre-university

problem 3: complexity & volume of data

obot scientists?

finale: education, science & innovation

tomorrow’s scientists needed to underpin ‘next wave’

Europe must train world-leading intellectual capital

make science exciting

improve training of scientists

better recognise & reward scientists

develop new forms of collaborations

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