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Next steps for UK research and innovation - policy, strategy and organisation, collaboration, investment, and the workforce

Morning, Tuesday, 25th January 2022


This conference focuses on priorities for supporting research and innovation and will be an opportunity to examine the issues in the context of the Government’s Innovation Strategy, looking at its main elements, objectives, and potential implementation issues. 


Taking place in the context of COVID-19, we expect discussion on how the experience of collaboration during the pandemic can be taken forward, and consider how strategies outlined in the Government’s Build Back Better plan for recovery can impact the sector.


Delegates will also consider priorities for the workforce and evaluate the proposals in the R&D People and Culture Strategy for delivering improvements, as well as further measures that may be necessary.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:

  • Paul Mason, Director, Innovation Policy, Innovate UK
  • Shahid Omer, Deputy Director, Innovation Strategy, BEIS
  • Lord O’Neill, Chairman, Northern Gritstone
  • Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland; and Chief Scientific Adviser to Irish Government

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the DCMS; Defra; DAERA, NI; the DfT; the DHSC; the DSTL; the FCDO; the Government Office for Science; HMRC; the IPO; the Office for Life Sciences; the UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.



Keynote Speakers

Paul Mason

Director, Innovation Policy, Innovate UK

Lord O’Neill

Chairman, Northern Gritstone

Professor Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland; and Chief Scientific Adviser to Irish Government

Keynote Speakers

Paul Mason

Director, Innovation Policy, Innovate UK

Lord O’Neill

Chairman, Northern Gritstone

Professor Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland; and Chief Scientific Adviser to Irish Government

Shahid Omer

Deputy Director, Innovation Strategy, BEIS

Chairs

Kevin Hollinrake MP

Vice-Chair, Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Science, Research & Digital

Speakers

Paul Shakspeare

Consultant, Education and Skills, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Laura Darnley

Legal Director, Brabners

Dr Rebecca Wilson

Head of Strategic Partnerships, The Francis Crick Institute

Gurpreet Manku

Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Mathew Lodge

CEO, Diffblue

Chris Wilson

Director, Deal Advisory, Corporate Finance, KPMG

Penny Simmons

Legal Director, Pinsent Masons

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive, NCUB

Dr Ian Campbell

Chief Business Officer, Life Arc

Tom Samson

Chief Executive Officer, UK SMR Consortium

Professor Luke Georghiou

Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

Dimitra Christakou

Commercial & Services Director, WISE Campaign