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Next steps for the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) - scope and remit, culture and organisation, areas of focus, and external and international relationships

March 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Delegates will discuss the priorities for ARIA’s organisation, funding, and mission - including what is needed to translate its work into beneficial products and capabilities, as well as issues around accountability and oversight.


The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine wider questions, including ARIA’s place within the UK research landscape and around its interaction with existing research bodies.


The discussion takes place with the ARIA Bill awaiting Royal Assent, and the appointment of its first CEO, as well as the confirmation of £800m in funding in the Spending Review.


We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Sarah Hodgetts, Deputy Director for Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; David Rogers, Deputy Director, Strategy Investment, UK Research and Innovation; Dr Jennifer Gerbi, Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E; and Dr Alan Bernstein, President & CEO, CIFAR.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; Dstl; DCMS; DfE; Defra; DIT; the FCDO; the Department for the Economy, NI; DfT; DAERA, NI; DHSC; GO-Science; HMRC; HM Treasury; the IPO; MHRA;  the NIRO; the OLS; UKSA; NCA;  The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and POST.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles