Webcast - Former MIT President to give next CMI Distinguished Lecture


Dr Chuck Vest, former MIT President to speak on building relationships between government, business and academia

The former President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will be discussing the lessons learnt from building relationships between universities, industry and government in the USA when he gives the next CMI Distinguished Lecture. This event in the series is supported by the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Office.

Dr Charles Vest, MIT President Emeritus, will be giving the lecture at the William Gates Building, University of Cambridge, at 5pm UK time (12noon Eastern US time) on Friday 15 July 2005.

His talk will also be accessible by a worldwide audience as, like previous Lectures in this series, it is being webcast live in association with Stream UK.

In "To Contribute to Society: Lessons learnt from building the relationship between University, Industry and Government in the USA", Dr Vest will introduce new observations on the openness of research and partnership among universities and industry. And he will draw comparisons between the 'laissez-faire' approach that MIT adopted for many years, with CMI's approach in setting up Knowledge Integration Communities that specifically aim to get industrial partners and policy makers more closely involved with academic research.

His talk is highly topical as there is currently considerable policy interest in the UK in the role of universities in enabling industrial innovation and economic growth. This was a particular focus of the 2004 Lambert Report on Business-University Collaboration, which considered the role of both universities and business in the movement of people and ideas between academia and industry. Dr Vest will argue that maintaining the open flow of people and knowledge across boundaries which is challenged in the post 9/11 world is vital to fulfilling the potential of higher education, including its role in economic development.

Dr Vest was until recently President of MIT, an educational institution seen as a world leader in generating economic impact from academic inquiry. He played a key role in helping bring about the formation of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, which is funded by the UK Government to bring something of that impact to the UK economy.

The Lecture will be introduced and chaired by Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Professor Richard has been a leader of numerous professional organisations and scientific advisory councils. As Provost of Yale University from April 1994 until December 2002, she co-ordinated the educational policies and academic plans of all sectors of the institution, including the various centres for research and scholarship. Professor Richard also held the principal responsibility for developing Yale's operating and capital budgets, and long-range financial plans, including playing a leading role in the $20 million capital fundraising campaign for the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, one of the most important university natural history collections in the USA.

Networking Reception

Tea and coffee will be served to delegates at the William Gates Building from 4.30pm. Following the Lecture there will be an informal networking reception, where delegates will have the chance to network with other guests.

There will also be a special event for Cambridge Network members in Boston, Massachusetts, held simultaneously to the event in Cambridge, UK. At the event in Boston, the webcast of the lecture will be displayed on a large screen to gathered delegates. More information on this event will be available here soon.

It is free to attend either event, but space is limited. Click here to register online. Please note: When you register online, please ensure you indicate whether you wish to attend the live lecture in the UK, or the simultaneous event in Boston, Massachusetts.

After you have registered online, UK audience members will receive final confirmation by e-mail one week prior to the event.

The lecture starts promptly at 5pm local time for audience members in the UK, and 12noon local time for audience members at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts

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