2018, once again, has taken off like a rocket, albeit with less overseas travel so far than the peak periods last year. A big achievement this past week was the successful delivery of our Healthy Ageing event in Newcastle, part of our 3-cities program with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
Great people and some great discussions, including a panel session I chaired with speakers from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, Newcastle City Council and Innovate UK. Sadly, Louise (Kjellerup Roper) was struck down by flu, so couldn’t make it. I have been on the edges of something for many weeks, but walked across to the Fleet Street Clinic a week or so ago to get a jab that is apparently better than the one they have been using recently in the NHS. Fingers crossed.
Otherwise, we’re working on the Volans strategy and on the future of our Breakthrough and Carbon Productivity streams of work. And am reading a good deal, with current books on the go including: What Is Populism, by Jan-Werner Müller; White King by Leanda de Lisle, the story of Charles I, the “traitor, murderer and martyr” who is a prominent feature in the family tree; and the sci-fi novel Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch, which I’m enjoying tremendously.