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Science Group’s CTO Forum tackles issues of material interest to R&D leadership with the goal of sharing insights and of developing actionable tools and methods that can be put to practice within the R&D function and so help companies tackle key challenges ahead.

To create these outputs, Science Group participates in (and facilitates) the Forum, regularly consulting with senior executives of the participating companies, drawing on its own wide base of knowledge and experience, and undertaking its own research. The CTO Forum is focused on actionable outputs and has produced two playbooks which are available for download from this website.

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The forum participants are senior R&D leaders in global multinational organisations:

  • Jason Keiper – Vice President and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company
  • Nici Bush – Vice President Innovation, Science and Technology, Mars, Incorporated.
  • Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux – Former Chief Research & Innovation Officer at Solvay
  • René Lammers – Executive Vice President & Chief Science Officer, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Robert Reiter – Head of Research & Development, Crop Science Division, Bayer
  • Victor Aguilar – Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, The Procter and Gamble Company
  • William Jackson – Chief Technology Officer, Amcor Global Flexibles
  • Yuri Sebregts – Executive Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Shell Global Solutions International BV

Bringing together technical leaders from around the world and from various positions in the supply chain created a fertile environment

The CTO Forum had representatives from multiple industries which operate in very different dynamics. In the beginning it was difficult to envision a common ground for sustainable innovation opportunities, but I quickly realized that we all had more in common than I originally thought.

We shared a common need, but the angle was different for everyone. This breadth of experience ensured the Net Zero Playbook we developed was both general and practical. It’s more than a checklist, but it’s not prescriptive.

The Playbook offers an excellent way to manage grand innovation challenges in a systematic way. It also helps create mandates, roadmaps, and ultimately programs that don’t just change the R&D portfolio but ultimately the culture of the organization.

The Playbooks

The CTO Forum is focused on actionable outputs and has produced two playbooks which are available for download from this website.

It is anticipated that another Playbook will be produced in 2024-2025, if you would like to participate email us at ctoforum@sciencegroup.com


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The NetZero Playbook was the first output from the Science Group CTO Forum and addresses how to make good on Net Zero pledges. The Playbook was first released in 2022 as an abridged version.

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This Playbook, released in February 2024, addresses the apparent Growth and Sustainability paradox. It is designed primarily for those leading R&D, innovation and other business functions that share the goal of realizing progress on sustainability whilst not compromising business growth.


About Science Group

Science Group is an international science, engineering and technology (“SET”) business providing a range of services to the medical, defence, industrial, food & beverage and consumer sectors, supplemented by a strategic products division where the Group holds leading market positions in associated technology sectors.

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