Westminster Media Forum

Research and innovation in the UK creative industries: next steps for supporting sector growth

Morning, Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Central London


This seminar will assess the way ahead for implementing key policies around research and innovation in the Creative Industries Sector Deal.

Discussion will focus on building R&D partnerships between universities and businesses and the launch of the new Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), as well as investment in immersive experiences through the Audiences of the Future Challenge.

Key stakeholders and policymakers will also consider how closely the priorities set out in DCMS’s recently-published first Areas of Research Interest meet the needs of the sector, how they can best be delivered to support policy development, and how outcomes can effectively be measured.

The agenda also examines priorities for the development of a future research agenda to address key sectoral challenges - including identifying research and evidence gaps, fostering innovation across sectors, and improving links between creative industry institutions, the UK’s innovation framework and policymakers.

Further sessions will look at key issues around supporting innovation in the development of content, products and services - including access to R&D funding, collection and use of data, translating research into marketable products, and improving the interface between technology and creativity - and positioning the UK as a global innovation hub.

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Chitty

Creative Economy Champion, Arts Humanities Research Council and Professor, Creative and Digital Economy, Royal Holloway, University of London

Tom Fiddian

Innovation Lead, Creative Economy, Innovate UK


Ian Merricks

Chair, The Accelerator Network and Managing Partner, White Horse Capital

Sarah Ellis

Head of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company

Shaun Allan

Director of Immersive Technologies, Hedgehog Lab

Professor Chris Speed

Chair of Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Evelyn Wilson

Director, The Culture Capital Exchange

Eliza Easton

Principal Policy Researcher, Nesta

Evelyn Wilson

Founding Director, The Culture Capital Exchange

Professor Marian Ursu

Chair, Interactive Media, Department of Theatre, Film and Television and Co-Director, Digital Creativity Labs, University of York