Speaker profiles: Spring Conference Fringe 2013

Dr Adrian Ely

Adrian-Ely_webAdrian Ely is a Lecturer at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, UK and Head of Impact and Engagement at the ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability).

Adrian previously convened the project Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto, which engaged colleagues at Sussex and partners from around the world in debates around STI for poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and social justice.  This work continues through the STEPS Centre’s ongoing projects, including those on grassroots innovation and pro-poor, low carbon development.

Adrian’s earlier research focussed on the regulation and governance of biotechnology, initially in comparative studies of EU-US approaches and more recently on studies in Africa and Asia, especially China (co-authoring the book ‘Regulating Technology: Global Harmonisation and Local Realities’). He is also a co-investigator at the Centre for Bionetworking where he studies international collaboration in emerging fields of the life sciences.

Roger Williams MP

rogerwilliamsRoger Williams was first elected as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in 2001. In 1969, after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Selwyn College, Cambridge, Roger began a career in livestock farming on the family farm – a career that would run until his election to Parliament.

During the mid 1980s, Roger was elected Chairman of the Brecon and Radnorshire branch of the National Farmer’s Union, he became Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1990 and sat on the Development Board for Rural Wales from 1991-1999. Though no longer responsible for the running of his farm, Roger still retains a keen interest in farming and rural issues.

Roger’s long commitment to public service began in 1981, when he became a County Councillor, firstly for the SDP and later the Liberal Democrats. After two decades serving on Powys County Council, Roger succeeded his Lib Dem colleague Richard Livsey to be elected MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in 2001.

During his time in Parliament, he has variously held positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Shadow Rural Affairs Spokesman and is currently Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. He is also currently the sole Liberal Democrat representative on the Commons Science and Technology Committee.