Westminster Higher Education Forum

UK science and innovation policy – funding and investment, commercialisation and IP management, and the international positioning of UK research

Morning, Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Central London


This conference will look at priorities for science and innovation investment and policy reform.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • The way forward for science and innovation funding;
  • The UK’s future role within the international science and innovation community;
  • Priorities for science spending - current and new public funding streams, leveraging private and third sector investment, and where Britain can lead on emerging technologies;
  • Protecting the content of research in an open research landscape;
  • Maximising the UK research base commercially - improving IP management, supporting spin-outs and overcoming barriers to strengthened university-industry partnerships; and
  • Priorities for supporting continued and investment and innovation in STEM research.

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Mike Biddle, Programme Director, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK - discussing the policy priorities for building on the Industrial Strategy to improve the UK’s capacity for science and innovation research and investment; and
  • Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO - examining the priorities for STEM research institutions to protect the value and individuality of their research as the UK and international research community move towards an open research model.

Keynote Speakers

Pippa Hall

Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO

Patrick Child

Deputy Director-General, Research and Innovation, European Commission

Mike Biddle

Programme Director, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK


Katie Mills

Head of Innovation, Schneider Electric

Lisa Perkins

Director, Adastral Park and Research Realisation, BT

Andrew Muir

Director and Fund Principal, UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and Director, Early Advantage Fund and Director, Midven