Formula 1 and Science – a joining of forces

Posted on the 28th November 2019

September 30th saw the first meeting of our Fellows, their sponsors, members of McLaren and Redbull, leading scientists from the world of dementia research and representatives from The Dyson Group and Campus Biotech. A true collaboration of the great minds in technology, innovation and science.

Sir Jackie introduced the Fellows to Formula 1 by arranging a tour of the Red Bull Racing offices and factory. Moving around the building it was clear as to how team work, communication and agility could benefit their research and how this methodology could in turn benefit their teams.

The afternoon saw the Fellows deliver short presentations to the group on their research plans.

Prof Mark Jenkins from Cranfield University Business School then presented to the group about the key features of successful F1 teams and how these can be applied in other organisations. Prof Jenkins will be working with RAD to support the fellows’ development throughout their appointments.

This enlightening and thought provoking presentation sparked discussion on how we in practical terms can embed Formula 1 attitude and technology to drive culture change in dementia research.

The day inspired and excited all participants and has been the catalyst for further discussions in how the objectives of Race Against Dementia can be met.

Dr Claire Durrant and Professor Tara Spires-Jones with the wall of RedBull Racing trophies.

The RAD Fellows with Sir Jackie.
L-R Sir Jackie, Dr Cara Croft, Dr Christy Hung, Dr Claire Durrant.

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