Westminster Business Forum

Supporting innovation in UK industry - priorities for investment, the commercialisation of research and UK competitiveness post-Brexit

Morning, Thursday, 7th September 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



Delegates at this conference will consider key issues and policy priorities for supporting innovation in UK industry.


It is timed to follow the Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, which highlighted investment in science, research and innovation as one of ten pillars for driving growth and productivity across the UK economy, and following the announcement of an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - seeking to drive progress in technologies where the UK can build on existing areas of industrial and research strength. The conference is further timed to consider implications for the funding of research and development in light of the review of the Small Business Research Initiative, as well as proposals for a review of opportunities for robotics and artificial intelligence.


In the context of the recent announcement of £229 million of industrial strategy investment for UK R&D, delegates will discuss how new funding can be allocated in the interests of maximising growth and UK competitiveness internationally - looking in particular at opportunities for improving rates of commercialisation, developing research infrastructure, and improving skills and research talent. Sessions will also bring out latest thinking on the areas in which the UK can build on existing strengths in industrial technologies - such as robotics and artificial intelligence, space technologies, healthcare, manufacturing processes and materials.


Speakers and delegates at this conference are expected to be a senior and informed group of around 120 including Members of both Houses of Parliament and government officials from BEIS, HMT, Innovate UK and other relevant departments and agencies, as well as industry representatives from sectors including automotive, defence, aviation, life sciences, maritime, energy, construction, infrastructure - and technologies such as AI, robotics, satellites, industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, biotechnology and other key areas - together with investors, suppliers, advisors, banks, academics and universities, lawyers, consultants and reporters from the national and trade press.



Guests of Honour

Dr Ruth McKernan

Chief Executive, Innovate UK

Seán O’Reagain

Deputy Head of Unit, Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Guests of Honour

Dr Ruth McKernan

Chief Executive, Innovate UK

Seán O’Reagain

Deputy Head of Unit, Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Keynote Speaker

Lord Vallance of Tummel

Member, Science and Technology Select Committee

Chairs

Lord Mendelsohn

Shadow Spokesperson, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Lord Holmes of Richmond

Member, Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

Speakers

Gary Cutts

Director, Engineering Capability, Rolls-Royce

Dr Sarah Perkins

Director, GW4

Dr Paul Findlay

Director of Business Development, University of Hertfordshire

Chris McDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute

Joop Tanis

Director, SBRI Healthcare Programme

James Chandler

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, BenevolentAI

Stephen Howse

Stephen Howse, Policy Co-ordinator, Semta

Gervais Williams

Managing Director, Minton Capital and Member, Industry Panel, Patient Capital Review