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Innovation Nights UKMX

The Newton Fund team in Mexico launched an exciting new series of events focusing on science and innovation with a celebration event hosted by the British Ambassador Duncan Taylor.

Watch coverage of the event on Forotv.

Each month until April 2018, the Innovation Nights UKMX series will showcase work between the UK and Mexico in areas such future cities, energy, climate change, health and agri-tech.

The Ambassador welcomed the more than 200 people to the launch event, including government ministers and officials, researchers, academics, successful Newton Fund recipients, local and international organisations and many others from across the science and innovation community in Mexico.

Raul Rendon, General Director for Innovation, Services and Trade from the Ministry of Economy spoke about collaboration and the societal relevance of innovation. Keynote speaker Dr. Mireya McKee from Oxford University Innovation (Oxentia) addressed the topic 'Why is innovation important?'.

Senior representatives of the science and innovation community then took part in a panel discussion about what has been done and what should be improved to support innovation in Mexico. Conversation ranged from public policy to scientific development as they discussed the major challenges and opportunities for innovation from a variety of perspectives.

The evening rounded out with time to talk and network, coupled with the chance to experience a virtual reality room and various technology displays.

The Innovation Nights UKMXseries plans to focus on the following topics over the coming months:

September         FinTech innovation 

October              Future cities

November          Agri-tech                  

January              Energy

February            Health and nutrition

March                Justice innovation 

April                   Social innovation

 

For further information, please email ukinmexico@fco.gov.uk.

Read a column about the Newton Fund and the event in Excelsior by Ambassador Duncan Taylor (in Spanish).