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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

July 2022

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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 and continued preparation of the government’s plan for a domestic alternative, along with concerns that the window for association is closing.

Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss:

  • access to Horizon funding
  • the provision of alternative short-term funding and options for permanent domestic alternatives
  • 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: 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.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; DAERA, NI; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; FCDO; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

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