AGM celebrates Academy growth while looking to the future

29 June 2017

The Academy held its 18th Annual General Meeting yesterday (June 28 2017) at its offices at 33 Finsbury Square in London. Before the event, Professor Luciano Floridi FAcSS, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute, gave the Academy Annual Lecture on What Information Society Do We Want?

A full report and photos from Professor Floridi’s well received and wide-ranging lecture are forthcoming.

At the AGM, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, reported on its growth in the last year. He highlighted successful efforts to continue to increase the Academy’s representation of Fellows from the policymaking and practitioner communities, as well as the Academy’s support for regional Fellows Chapters throughout the country. Chapters already exist in Oxford, Manchester and Yorkshire, while a new Great Western Chapter has also been established over the last year.

Professor Goodman noted the Academy’s strengthening relationships with the publicly funded national academies as its work continues to grow in scope and depth. He drew attention to the Academy’s small resource base, and commended the dedicated team for the quality of their outputs and achievements. He expressed his gratitude for the support of the council, welcoming the appointment of Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS, Emerita Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway University of London, as the Academy’s first-ever Deputy Chair, and the election of Professor Sasha Roseneil FAcSS, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex, as a member of the Academy’s governing Council.

Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS, Chair of the Academy’s Campaign for Social Science, pointed to the Campaign’s increasing leadership in policy circles on the back of its influential work on Brexit and the Higher Education and Research Bill (now Act). He noted challenges both posed to the education, science and research landscape in the future, but said opportunities nonetheless existed to work within these new realities, and highlighted the Campaign’s vital capacity building work via its Strategic Leadership Forum. He also commented on the publication of the Academy’s flagship report, The Health of People, launched in April with a keynote address from Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE FAcSS, Chair of NHS England. He emphasised that the report will continue to play a central role in the Campaign’s advocacy work over the coming year.

Professor Wilsdon announced in March that he would step down as chair of the Campaign by the end of 2017, with a successor to be appointed in the coming months. During the AGM, Professor Goodman paid tribute to him for the tremendous work he has done since the Campaign’s inception in building its reputation and extending its reach.

After the AGM the Academy’s President Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS presented certificates of their Award to new Fellows from the most recent conferment rounds, with the day’s events drawing to a close over a drinks reception sponsored by the publishers of the Academy’s journal, Taylor and Francis.