UCL Science & Technology Studies

Brain Drain 1950/60/70s – Witness Seminar

The Department of Science & Technology Studies at UCL is holding a Witness Seminar to examine the development of the ‘Brain Drain’. The term ‘Brain Drain’ was adopted in the 1960s in the context of increasing concerns within the UK that the country was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries, notably to the US.

The witness seminar will bring together a number of figures involved with the ‘Brain Drain’, including officials and former émigrés, who will discuss their recollections. This event is part of a wider UCL project on the history of the ‘Brain Drain’ funded by the ESRC.

Date and Venue: 23rd May 2006, JZ Young Lecture Theatre UCL, 2-5pm.

Chair: Dr Jon Agar (University of Cambridge) Panelists: Prof Ron Bullough, FRS (AERE Harwell / UK-US Recruitment) Sir Alcon Copisarow (Scientific Civil Service) Sir John Maddox (Science Journalist and Former Editor, Nature) Others to be confirmed.

Draft Programme

2.00pm – Introduction

2.15pm – Session 1

3.45pm – Tea

4.00pm – Session 2

4.45pm – Conclusion

This event is free to attend, but prior booking is required. For booking or further details please contact Matthew Godwin, Department of Science & Technology Studies, UCL, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT. Email: [email protected]

For further details of the project see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/balmer/balmer-braindrain.htm

Please feel free to pass on details to colleagues who may be interested.