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Next steps for international research - Horizon Europe and the UK-EU research relationship, visas and international talent, partnerships and global challenges, and addressing key issues for international consortia

Morning, Monday, 20th June 2022


This conference will examine the future of the UK’s scientific and research relationship with the European Union - as well as the way forward for wider global research partnerships.


It takes place in the context of ongoing challenges to the formalisation of UK participation in EU research programmes.


Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss:

  • access to Horizon funding
  • the provision of alternative short term funding, including recent government guarantees
  • the options for longer-term domestic replacements and the use of funds allocated towards Horizon

They will also consider the impact on the position of UK researchers including those working in European consortia, and what is needed to maintain involvement and deepen partnerships with European colleagues and institutions.


Further sessions look at the recruitment of international researchers, and the next steps for attracting and sourcing talent through new mechanisms and schemes, such as the new visa routes and the Global Talent Network - as well as how UK organisations can develop exchange, training and research partnerships with new and diverse international partners.


We also expect discussion on wider issues in international research, including:

  • impact - channelling advances in research through to policy and action on addressing critical global challenges such as climate change
  • geopolitical - implications for international consortia ◦ security concerns ◦ strategies for partners in navigating challenges of international competitiveness, varying priorities & conflict
  • commercialisation - realising the benefits of joint research ◦ improving translation, rollout & adoption

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Cyril Robin-Champigneul, First Counsellor, Research and Innovation, European Union Delegation to the United Kingdom; Dan Warren, Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung Research UK; Professor Leon Terry, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Cranfield University; and Frances Wood, Regional Director for Europe, Science and Innovation Network; and incoming International Director, UKRI.



Keynote Speakers

Frances Wood

Regional Director for Europe, Science and Innovation Network; and incoming International Director, UKRI

Dan Warren

Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung Research UK

Professor Leon Terry

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Cranfield University

Keynote Speakers

Frances Wood

Regional Director for Europe, Science and Innovation Network; and incoming International Director, UKRI

Dan Warren

Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung Research UK

Professor Leon Terry

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Cranfield University

Cyril Robin-Champigneul

First Counsellor, Research and Innovation, European Union Delegation to the United Kingdom

Speakers

Peter Mason

Head, International Engagement (Europe, Research and Innovation), UUKI

Martin Smith

Head of Policy Lab, Wellcome

David Bohmert

Secretary General, CESAER