Big Potatoes: Innovation, Science, R&D and the General Election

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Royal Society, London

The launch event of the Big Potatoes maniesto.

Despite its importance to our economic future, innovation has been largely overlooked since the credit crunch and only receives cursory consideration in the party manifestos for the UK General Election.
Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation challenges the UK’s lethargy towards innovation, and outlines 14 guiding principles that will help foster a culture capable of producing new and transformative industries. The manifesto argues science, innovation and wealth creation are inextricably linked and now is the time for our political leaders to invest in long-term, high-quality research and development, that will help overcome the economic and climate challenges we face.


  • Munira Mirza, advisor for arts and culture to London Mayor
  • James Wilsdon, Director of the Science Policy Centre, The Royal Society
  • Dr Norman Lewis, Chief Innovation Officer, Open-Knowledge (former Director of Technology research, Orange)
  • Stefan Stern, management columnist, Financial Times
  • Eliot Forster, CEO Solace Pharmaceuticals

See Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation