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Conference Agenda

Science and Innovation 2017:
Tuesday 13th June 2017

June 13, 2017
  • 08:00
    Registration and Networking Breakfast
  • 09:15
    Chair’s Welcome Address
    Dr Chris Tyler, Director of Public Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (Confirmed)
  • 09:25
    Driving Forward the Future of Innovation through Entrepreneurship
    Professor Tim Dafforn, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Confirmed)
    • Boosting funding for Research and Development (R&D) by £2 billion a year by 2020, in line with the Autumn Statement
    • Developing a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) for collaborative research between industry and academia
    • Looking beyond Brexit: Securing UK involvement in European R&D programmes after 2020
    • Driving productivity and growth in the UK economy through increased investment in innovation
    • Catalysing the growth of England's entrepreneurial culture
  • 09:45
    Strengthening the Voice for the UK’s Research and Innovation
    Dr Brian Bowsher, Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Research Councils UK (Confirmed)
    • Providing a more strategic approach to addressing global research and innovation challenges through the formation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) by 2018
    • Uniting the UK Research Councils with Innovate UK to focus on multi- and inter-disciplinary research funding, including a portion of the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund
    • Enhancing collaborative efforts between academia, business and the commercialisation of the industry
    • Effectively pooling multiple datasets to improve the quality of evidence on the UK’s research and innovation landscape
  • 10:00
    Exploiting Recent British Space Advances to Benefit UK Economy
    Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth, UK Space Agency (UKSA) (Confirmed)
    • Solidifying relationships through the European Space Agency independently of the European Union
    • Upgrading the UK space industry to a £40 billion entity by 2030 following the successful mission of British astronaut Tim Peake
    • Developing plans for a UK spaceport by 2020 to significantly reduce satellite launching costs for UK companies
    • Capitalising on funding to space innovation, producing £10 for the UK economy for every pound invested
  • 10:15
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 10:30
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 11:15
    Delivering Support to Innovative Life Science Opportunities with the Biomedical Catalyst
    Dr Chris Watkins, Director of Innovation, Medical Research Council (Confirmed)
    • Partnerships between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK to provide effective support across the UK Life Science sector through the Biomedical Catalyst (BMC)
    • Awarding over £400 million funding from the BMC and private finance to over 300 projects developing medical devices, therapies and diagnostics
    • Commercialising academic and industry research enabling UK SMEs to become sustainable and competitive
    • Showcasing successful projects from both academic and industry sectors
  • 11:30
    Key Supporter Session by ANSYS, Inc.: Accelerating Innovation Through HPC-Enabled Simulations
    Dr. Wim Slagter, Director, HPC and Cloud Alliances, ANSYS, Inc. (Confirmed)
    • Enabling pervasive engineering simulation for coping with an exponential increase in product design complexity and options
    • Promoting an open, digital and cloud-enabled platform for scaling the deployment of simulation
    • Having strong HPC partnerships are crucial for bringing simulations to new levels of software scalability, which is a matter of competitive survival
    • Showcasing the most innovative companies applying HPC-enabled simulations, on-premises or in the cloud
  • 11:50
    Integrating Efforts to Facilitate SME Adoption of High Performance Computing
    Simon Yarwood, Lead, e-Infrastructure Special Interest Group, Knowledge Transfer Network (Confirmed)
    • Promoting engagement from across the e-Infrastructure sector by working with vendors of soft- and hardware, academics and businesses using high performance computing (HPC)
    • Exploiting UK HPC capability for new markets, enabling easier access to HPC facilities for SMEs
    • Solidifying the UK’s place in the worldwide HPC field by ensuring involvement in international HPC programmes to maximise return to the economy
    • Presenting case studies of engagement between HPC centres and SMEs in the UK
  • 12:10
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 12:20
    Seminar Session One

    Delegates have the opportunity to attend one of a selection of practical seminars over two sessions.

    For detailed seminar content, please click here.

  • 13:20
    Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
  • 14:20
    Seminar Session Two

    Delegates have the opportunity to attend one of a selection of practical seminars over two sessions.

    For detailed seminar content, please click here.

  • 15:20
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 15:50
    Driving Innovation and Business Growth to Accelerate the UK Economy
    Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK (Confirmed)
    • Placing innovation at the heart of industrial strategy for the UK: Providing the business-focussed angle to UKRI
    • Welcoming the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support the growth of UK businesses
    • Supporting innovative UK companies in connecting with other businesses, universities and key stakeholders – regionally, nationally and internationally
  • 16:20
    Case Study: Driving Commercially-Viable Academic Research into Industry
    Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, Royal Society University Research Fellow and CSO, University of Cambridge and Immaterial (Confirmed)
    • Receiving £300,000 from the UK’s Energy Catalyst Initiative for a Cambridge University spin-out applying research on an industrial scale
    • Applying business-led skills to successfully translate world-class research into a commercially viable product
    • Manufacturing gas-absorbent nanomaterials to reduce energy spent separating, storing and transporting gas
    • Collaborations between academia, private firms and the government-backed High Value Manufacturing Catapult to scale-up manufacture and increase commercial scope
    • Implementing procedures to secure patents for the core technology involved, creating lucrative business potential and further research opportunities
  • 16:35
    Exemplifying the Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to UK Innovation
    Steven Hill, Director of Research Policy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (Confirmed)
    • Effectively unifying the voice of UK research and innovation funding by working in partnership with UKRI, Innovate UK and the Research Councils
    • Examining the Stern Review of Research Excellence Framework – how has this impacted Higher Education research and innovation one year on?
    • Awarding £2.8 million to 67 universities and colleges to enhance experimental learning innovations through HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund
  • 16:50
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 17:00
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception

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