Westminster Higher Education Forum

The future for international research partnerships: responding to Brexit, the Newton Fund and new relationships

Morning, Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



As the UK begins the process of leaving the European Union, this timely seminar will look at priorities for international collaborations and partnerships in research.


Sessions will focus on developing the UK’s international profile in the global research landscape, and the key challenges and opportunities associated with both leaving the EU and developing new partnerships.


Delegates will discuss future involvement in Horizon 2020, availability of European Research Council funding and mobility of researchers. Further discussion will assess next steps for the Newton Fund and its links with new partners and priorities for new research partnerships, including case studies of current collaborative projects outside of the EU, the current state of global partnerships and key concerns from both R&D businesses and academics.


We expect attendees to include university vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors and research directors, international embassies, R&D businesses, catapult centres, research consultancies and others with an interest in this area of policy and practice.



Guests of Honour

Professor Stuart Taberner

Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society, University of Leeds and Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, RCUK

Dr Sarah Honour

Head of Science and Innovation Strategy and ODA, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Professor Charlotte Watts

Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence Division, Department for International Development

Guests of Honour

Professor Stuart Taberner

Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society, University of Leeds and Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, RCUK

Dr Sarah Honour

Head of Science and Innovation Strategy and ODA, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Professor Charlotte Watts

Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence Division, Department for International Development

Chair

Layla Moran MP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education

Speakers

Dr Martin Szomszor

Consultant Data Scientist, Digital Science

Dr Dan Korbel

Senior Science Advisor, British Council

Professor Carlos Frenk

Director, Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University

Dr Sarah Main

Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)

Professor Heiko Balzter

Director, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester

Tom Thackray

Director for Innovation, CBI

Dr Lutz-Peter Berg

Head of Science and Innovation, Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

Shane McHugh

Head of International Activities, Royal Academy of Engineering

Stephanie Marie Black León

Head of Culture and Education, Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom

Rachael Sara-Kennedy

Head of International Partnerships, Universities UK International