15 December 2010
Whenever anyone talks about “markets” these days they tend to put the word “global” in front of them. The truth is that, with the almost instant communications we enjoy from the Internet and the reasonable easy transport systems that encircle the planet, if you really want to, you can find out about products around the world, buy them and have them shipped directly to you. That means that any company that is planning to develop and sell new products always has an eye to selling them beyond their home country.
12 December 2010
Since we started to focus on challenge-led activities, we have thought long and hard over how we can simultaneously build the technologies necessary to deliver the answers to the identified challenges. It is never a good plan to wait until the challenge is clearly defined to start work on the answer. It is better to develop those technologies where we have UK strength and fine tune the linkages between these growing strengths and our evolving definition of the challenges. So that is what we have done over the last 3 years
04 December 2010
I think of myself as a scientist. My degree even has the word “science” in it so I must be. Yet no job title I have ever had has the word “science” or “scientist” in it. I have been described as a “technologist”, or the word “research” has been involved, but never have I been described as a scientist. Part of that is because I went straight into industry after my PhD and no-one really thinks people in industry “do science”. That’s what people in universities do. Or is it?