Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of MATTER, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the growing areas of Responsible Innovation.
She focuses on improving participation in debates about governance and social and ethical impacts of science and technology innovation; multi-stakeholder involvement processes and connecting people and ideas to create better solutions to complex problems.
She speaks, writes and runs training programmes on the various aspects of Responsible Innovation and leads a number of ground breaking projects in this area.
Hilary sits on the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Risk Science Centre in the USA and on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Innovation Research Manchester Business School, University of Manchester; she chairs the Advisory Board of ResAgora which explores a Responsible Innovation Framework for Europe; sits on the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council Governance Sub-Group and the Advisory Board of SynbioChem, the new Centre for Synbio & speciality chemicals.
She was previously a Non-Exec Director of EIRIS (the Ethical Investment Research Service) and a member of Amnesty International UK Business Group and involved in the RSA Inquiry Tomorrow’s Company. She has a Masters degree in Responsibility in Business Practice from the University of Bath.
There are many food security and sustainability issues facing the food system and the issues of responsibility in relation to food are changing all the time. What are the appropriate responses to the obesity crisis? The role of nutrition? The credibility of nutraceuticals? Do we all agree about the benefits and risks of novel foods or the sustainability of technologies like nanotech or genetic modification in food and packaging will all have their own specific challenges and opportunities.
Hilary will explore some of the learning from past mistakes and aspirations for the future including some basic Principles for Responsible Innovation to guide companies and their stakeholders to work together to explore what responsibility may mean and how to respond effectively to the fast moving challenges ahead.