As the Government looked to develop its Industrial Strategy and the Higher Education sector prepared for the formation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), amid ongoing uncertainty concerning access to EU science and innovation initiatives, this seminar examined the future priorities for UK science and innovation.
Delegates on the day discussed the priorities for researchers in the changed regulatory environment, and how the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund can best be utilised to maintain and grow the sector capabilities in the international market post-Brexit, following the Department for Exiting the European Union’s policy paper on the future of EU partnerships in science and research. Further sessions elaborated on how increased funding can facilitate growth in UK research, particularly in the six ‘challenges’ previously outlined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.
Additional discussion took place on the current state of knowledge exchange, including HEFCE’s report, and what it tells us about the prevailing state of commercialisation at UK universities, where best practice can be identified and what specifically can be done to improve it. Discussion also took place on the introduction of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), and delivering further improvements in knowledge exchange, such as the future of the catapult programme, priorities for managing intellectual property and the way ahead for university-business collaborations.
Delegates attending on the day included members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with university Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors for research and enterprise, intellectual property academic specialists and lawyers, university research, enterprise and technology transfer offices, research-intensive businesses and catapult centres.