30 November 2017

23rd November saw the Chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee, the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, give the CaSE Annual Lecture 2017.

Over 200 guests were in attendence from across business, politics, academia, research charities, learned and professional societies, as well as those watching the lecture via live-stream and contributing to the debate on social media.

The event was kindly hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in their Kelvin Lecture Theatre on London's Embankment.

In his lecture, entitled 'Britain's Place in the World', the Committee Chair offered his insight on the ramifications of Brexit, and how our science and engineering endeavours can contribute to Britain’s future. The lecture was followed by an audience Q&A chaired by CaSE Executive Director Dr Sarah Main.

You can watch a recording of the event below. Opening remarks were given by the President of the IET, Nick Winser, followed by Dr Sarah Main introducing Hilary Benn.

You can also read our summary of the lecture and the transcript, as well as view photos from the event, and follow social media coverage from the night #caselecture17 (also found at the bottom of this page).


The evening was concluded with a note of thanks from CaSE Chair Professor Graeme Reid and a drinks reception.

Thanks to Elsevier as main sponsor of the event, and Fragomen as additional sponsor.

The CaSE Annual Lecture is an opportunity for a leading figure to address the science and engineering community. Previous speakers have included the Science Minister Jo Johnson, Dr Ellen Stofan (NASA Chief Scientist), Professor Anne Glover (EU Chief Scientific Advisor), Lord Heseltine and Lord Willetts. For a full list of Annual Lecture speakers since 1987 see here.

Social media from the evening #caselecture17

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