Aston Insights is a public lecture series of inspirational speakers.
The first lecture in the 2013/14 series will be given by Lord Drayson, Co-founder of Drayson Racing Technologies.
Never has the need for the UK to generate economic growth from its science and engineering base been more pressing - or the best way to achieve it more hotly debated. Drawing on his experience as a PhD research student at Aston University, as a science entrepreneur and as the Minister for Science and Innovation in the previous government, Paul Drayson will describe the West Midlands vital role as an engine for economic growth and the key factors that will determine the success and impact of the current generation of Aston University entrepreneurs and the spin-out companies that they lead.
Paul Drayson graduated from Aston University in 1982 with a BSc in Production Technology and Management, followed by an Aston PhD in Robotics in 1985. In 1993 he co-founded PowderJect Pharmaceuticals to develop a revolutionary needle-free injection system, and went on to become one of the world's leading vaccine companies.
Paul was raised to the peerage as Baron Drayson of Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2004. He was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement and as Government Spokesman for Defence to the House of Lords in 2005. In 2007 Paul was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, and also became a Minister of State in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in the same year. He stepped down from ministerial responsibilities in 2007 to co-found Drayson Racing Technologies with his wife, Elspeth. Drayson Racing has pioneered the development of sustainable green technology in motorsport.
In 2008 Paul returned to government as Minister for Science & Innovation, taking a seat in the Cabinet and becoming a member of the Privy Council, as a formal advisor to the Queen. He remained until the change of Government at the 2010 General Election. Today he focuses primarily on Drayson Racing, both as an innovator and successful race car driver, competing in races all over the world.
Date: Thursday 14th November 2013
Venue: G11, Main Building, Aston University, Aston Triangle, B4 7ET
Time: 6.00pm start, tea and coffee from 5.30pm
The lectures are open to all and there is no entry charge.
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