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Priorities for international research partnerships

Morning, Thursday, 18th June 2020


This timely seminar comes with the Government affirming its commitment to raise overall levels of R&D investment to at least 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

We expect the discussion on progress and implementation issues following the International Research Strategy published by BEIS, with its emphasis on:

  • partnerships internationally and between the HE sector and businesses;
  • the provision of incentives and financial support for innovative start-ups and scale-ups; and
  • legal and regulatory structures for innovation and the protection of intellectual property.

The conference will be an opportunity to examine the findings of the government-commissioned independent Smith-Reid Review into international partnership opportunities for UK research, which set out the potential opportunities for the UK to extend its international collaborations around the world and strengthen current partnerships.

We are pleased that Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, University College London - who co-authored the Review’s report, Changes and choices: advice on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation - is a keynote speaker at this conference.

Further confirmed speakers include: Jiang Sunan, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Beth Thompson, Wellcome Trust.

The agenda

  • Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation in the UK - key findings and outcomes from the Smith-Reid Review;
  • Retaining research talent within the UK - developing a Global Talent Strategy, improving accessibility to the UK for researchers, and developing diverse funding streams;
  • Assessing conclusions from the UKRI review into international research;
  • Priorities for UK partnerships with EU higher education institutions;
  • The UK’s future role in global research - funding streams and new partnerships, developing a unique offer, and ensuring compliance with international standards; and
  • Policy to support the development of the UK’s participation in the international research community.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Graeme Reid

Chair, Science and Research Policy, University College London


Lord Bilimoria

President, UK Council for International Student Affairs; Chancellor, University of Birmingham and VicePresident, CBI

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation


Shane McHugh

Head of International Activities, Royal Academy of Engineering

Jiang Sunan

Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Beth Thompson

Head of Policy and Advocacy, UK and EU, Wellcome Trust

Kate Hamer

Associate Director of European Partnerships, UKRI