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If your organisation has a strategic thought leadership message, a unique story, or a case study which you wish to communicate to the delegates, then our breakout interactive seminar option is a perfect platform for you to connect, influence, and engage with academia, research professionals and the wider public sector.

A one-hour seminar would enable you to own the stage, present your story in an interactive intimate manner, and engage the delegation in a Q&A session, all providing you the perfect platform to stand out from the crowd.

To find out more about the seminar options call Sharon Azam on 0161 211 3057 or emailing [email protected]

Suggested Seminar Topics


  • Understanding the role of the UK Space satellite industry in driving innovation for SMEs
  • Creating commercial platforms for life science research and innovation
  • Facilitating business engagement and growth through high performance computing tools
  • Showcasing innovative ideas effectively to secure investment
  • Effectively sharing data amongst research collaborators for efficient and more impactful research
  • Promoting STEM apprenticeships to enhance the future skills market
  • The role of private investment in academic research
  • Creating the infrastructure to drive innovation and development
  • The role of government funding in research partnerships

Redefining the modern data centre.


Listen to the evolution of new architecture technology such as FPGA’s, Silicon Photonics, Artificial Intelligence and Xeon Skylake Processors as well as new Memory & Storage capacities, which are redefining the modern data centre and allowing performance advancements in the collection of research and data.  In addition, hear about how Merged Reality, Drones, Autonomous Cars and new form factors are all capable of changing how we live and work.

Learning Points;

  • Understanding how new Data Centre technologies are accelerating research


Matt Penny, Intel

What difference can a charity make?


Impacting emerging Industry.

The UK Stem Cell Foundation is the only UK charity focused on funding stem cell research. Through our fundraising and collaborations, we’re helping to accelerate the most promising research projects into treatments and therapies for patients.


Professor Brendon Noble FRSA, FRSB, FIKE; Trustee; UK Stem Cell Foundation 



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Technicians and technical proficiency form the backbone of research excellence. However, the technicians that contribute to this work can be overlooked or taken for granted. For decades, technical staff at educational and research institutions have had inconsistent career development opportunities and academic recognition, which neglects a key aspect of the scientific research and innovation the UK is known for.

Technicians play a vital role in our world leading research and in training the scientists, engineers and technicians that will be needed to deliver a successful industrial strategy, but the sustainability of the technical workforce in HE & research is far from assured.

The Science Council has been working with universities, research institutes and funders to transform how technicians are perceived within higher education institutions  – find out how your organisation can be part of this change.

Learning Points;

  • what the current climate around technician careers and research funding for technical support looks like
  • what initiatives are in place to actively support improvements for individual technicians and the wider community
  • how your organisation can get involved and be part of this movement to better recognise the technicians within your business, for the benefit of students and staff.


Belinda Phipps, CEO, Science Council

Managing the Unmanageable: Taming the Data Deluge

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Funding requirements, multi-discipline user expectations, explosive sensor growth and shrinking budgets are all challenges faced by today’s modern research institution. This is especially true of of data management and collaborative data workflows. In this session, ArcaStream and our partners will present these challenges in detail, along with strategies on how to overcome them.

Learning Points;

  • Getting to know your user’s data workflows and behavior
  • Eliminating unnecessary cost from data storage repositories
  • Reducing support and operational complexity
  • Extracting unknown value from data without an army of curators
  • Fairly, transparently and efficiently valuing your service to users


Barry Evans, CTO, ArcaStream

Industrial Digitalisation

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We will set out how the High Value Manufacturing Catapult supports the industrial digitalisation review led by Juergen Maier. We will also focus on the latest work that is done by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of HVM Catapult) with Meggitt, which is a fantastic example of Industry4.0 demonstrating a real industry need.


The Growing Opportunities for Satellites


Satellites now provide vast quantities of data that is enhancing our daily lives and providing the opportunity for new services, technologies, applications and markets.

This session provides an insight into the growth of the UK space sector and the role the Satellite Applications Catapult is playing in helping to drive economic growth through the use of satellite data.

There is the opportunity to hear how satellite data is:

  • Enabling government organisations to reduce costs and benefit communities
  • Being used in remote areas for diabetes monitoring and stroke diagnosis
  • Connecting emergency services in a new era of autonomous vehicles
  • Changing the agriculture landscape and the future of environmental protection


Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

John Vesey,Head of Government Services Programmes, Satellite Applications Catapult

Adrian Smith, Digital Transformation, NHS

Kieran Arnold, Head of Domains, CEO Office, Satellite Applications Catapult

Dr Chloe Billing, Research Fellow City-REDI, University of Birmingham

Exploring how the UK’s Thriving Innovation, Research and Technology Sector is Driving Innovation, Growth and Productivity


Our community is centred on commercial translation of applied research and impacts significantly on the UK’s national capabilities*:

  • contributing £32-36Bn per annum to the UK economy, generating >£13Bn in tax revenue;
  • consuming only 0.3% of Government spend!;
  • with productivity at 45% higher than the UK national average;
  • employing >57,000 highly skilled people – equal in size to the total academic staff of Russell Group universities, and significantly more than Germany’s Fraunhofers.

This seminar will explore how our community has adapted and thrived in an environment where public funding for innovation is challenging by…

… leading international programmes

… working across UK regions to support companies and SMEs to scale up new technologies

…offering a training ground for the next generation of innovators.

These are all important components of delivering a strong industrial strategy for the UK. Join the debate!

Taking a shoulder-to-shoulder approach: fostering collaboration and innovation in the delivery of world-class science environments

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Around the world, data, science and health facilities are under increased pressure to keep pace with rapidly evolving systems and ever-changing technology. In addition, the organisations responsible for these facilities often have a large and diverse set of stakeholders, which contributes to a significant level of scrutiny, responsibility and accountability.

Today’s fast-paced world demands more than a safe pair of hands. Delivering the places of tomorrow requires the ability to think big, collaborate widely and meaningfully, and build in real capacity for change.

  • Unlocking value by providing a collaborative approach to delivering dynamic, highly engineered science environments
  • Fostering innovation and collaboration to bring together business, academics and investors in the advancement of theory and practical solutions to support expanding research centres
  • Fitting a 12,000 square metre state-of-the art laboratory facility into an existing office building: the conversion of the former Unison headquarters for HSL
  • There is a common misconception that offices cannot be transformed into world-class laboratories or academic facilities at a reasonable cost. Project Halo proved this wrong.


Paul Sharp, Divisional Director, Engineering Services, ISG

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