Speckers


Luke is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Since 2010 he has been responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation, doctoral training, and for business engagement and commercialisation activities as well as general executive duties. He continues to be active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve). In 2011 he was elected to the Academia Europaea.

He is a member of RISE, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation’s high-level policy advisory group. He has chaired several international panels, including acting as rapporteur for the influential report to European leaders, Creating an Innovative Europe which put demand-side innovation policy onto the political agenda, and as Chairman of the High-level Expert Group on Rationales for the European Research Area which recommended a refocusing of European research and innovation support on a series of grand challenges. He was Co-Champion of the 2016 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest pan-disciplinary science conference. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Partnerships, the UK’s largest science park company. Since 2016 he has chaired the Steering Committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education. He is on the editorial board of eight journals and has published extensively in leading outlets including Science and Nature. He has supervised 40 doctoral candidates to successful completion