Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, has given a speech outlining the vision, objectives and next steps in development for the organisation.

The speech was introduced by Professor David Cannadine, incoming President of The British Academy, and Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

UK Research and Innovation will be formed in April 2018, bringing together the Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new body, Research England. The organisation’s ambition is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world.