A senior UK policy maker, who supports the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser in providing advice directly to the Prime Minister, will speak at the Microlise Transport Conference on the 17 May.
Dr Rupert Lewis leads the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) and was previously Head of Automotive policy in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he led work on setting up the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).
Speaking in the main conference agenda at Europe's largest road transport conference, Dr Lewis will give delegates an insight into the work his department is doing in advising government on how science, and scientific evidence, can be part of a solution to the transport industry's challenges. He will also deliver a view of the future, how the UK may change and develop; and how those changes will impact transport operators.
In his current position his scope of responsibilities range from providing science based advice during emergencies, to horizon scanning and the delivery of the Foresight programme of major futures projects looking ahead 10-100 years.
The Microlise Transport Conference attracts more than a thousand transport professionals annually. Free-to-attend, in May it will again take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry and include a full day's programme supported by three specially curated workshops and a sizable exhibition area.
The conference will once again be chaired by award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson.
"We're delighted to have confirmed Dr Lewis as he is directly contributing to decisions that will ensure the prosperity of our industry in the future. A first-hand scan of the transport horizon from one of the UK's most senior scientific advisors is a rare opportunity," said Bob Harbey, Microlise Executive Director.
The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards will also be hosted at the conference to celebrate the UK's most talented HGV drivers; both through analysis of more than 100,000 drivers' telematics data, as well as a number of nominated categories.