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“We need to break down language barriers and come up with new ways of expression to encourage interaction between scientists, engineers and designers.”
So said David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, following an evening of discussion on the topic of ‘Science Meets Design’ hosted in two venues, London’s Science Museum and Design Museum. The event, hosted by the Technology Strategy Board in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, aimed to come up with practical recommendations to facilitate collaboration between the science and design communities. Bott also stressed the importance of celebrating the success that results from such encounters, and made the case for more funding, so that such collaborations “can go on to power the next industrial revolution”.
The Technology Strategy Board is building a community of designers and technology innovators through its Design Special Interest Group. This free-to-join network encourages the use of design at an earlier stage in the R&D process. To catalyse innovation, it’s fostering interaction between designers and technologists across a wide range of market sectors, running pilot projects, and bringing together a body of evidence to demonstrate the value of design.
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