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Dr Lesley Thompson

Dr Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Vice President, Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s 7 Research Councils.

In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC’s collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact. During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area; Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of 2 centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014.

She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.


Date & Time:

18th June 2019
13:00 - 14:00


Hall 2a


Lunchtime Symposium: New Horizons: Prosperity and Resilience – What will the world of research look like 10 years from now? Sponsored by Elsevier

Disruption is all around us, and the research ecosystem, too, is undergoing rapid and profound change. This transformation is being fuelled by a wide range of factors, from advances in technology and funding pressures to political uncertainty and population shifts. This symposium will explore how these trends might shape the research landscape and environment, both […]

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Speakers: Dr Lesley Thompson, Dr Andrew Plume
Level: Open to all
Sponsor: Elsevier