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Dr David Docherty will deliver the opening remarks and chair the morning session.

  • Improving collaboration between the research and business community to ensure that research outcomes are fully exploited for the benefit of the UK
  • Establishing better mechanisms for the sharing of expertise and best practice
  • Making effective funding decisions by improved quality of evidence of research outcomes
  • Outlining the vision and next steps in ground breaking research to drive innovation and contribute to economic regeneration

  • Forming a partnership with the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham  via the ‘Science Grid’, a global framework of collaboration
  • Growing a collaborative research project that has enabled new insights towards optimisation of products and speed to market through integration, beyond what could be achieved by Unilever alone
  • Appointing a Relationship Director to work closely with the research lead at the  University on the day-to-day running of the collaboration
  • Establishing a clear framework agreement which covers how the partnership will run: projects, timing, governance etc.
  • Sharing a joint clear vision on what the partnership can bring to each other

  • Content from the full research life-cycle matter in discovery
  • New ways to new discoveries
  • Examples of improved collaboration insights

  • Forming a collaborative venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, one of the UK’s flagship University Enterprise Zones
  • Developing the new generation of sensor technologies to support the modern industrial strategy and boost productivity across a range of sectors
  • Examining the various applications of Virtual Reality, HPC, 3D printing, software development and how these applications can be embedded on scientific research
  • Building a 2,500m2 purpose-built city centre hub to offer the research community the technical expertise and business support
  • Outlining the future vision for establishing Sensor City as a global hub on sensor technologies

  • Challenges and opportunities in Wales and across the UK
  • Making a difference  to  meet the ambitions for enhanced productivity, competitiveness and prosperity

  • Creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other
  • Ensuring that research in regional areas is equally funded in alignment with the National Interest and Industrial Strategy
  • Achieving greater standardisation, more streamlining and a broader approach to excellence
  • Designing REF to reflect how early career researchers want to be treated


  • Fostering better collaborations between academic bodies and government
  • Creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other
  • Discussing how policy and funding can impact the skills base in STEM subjects and generate a new wave of talent
  • Increasing UK expenditure on R&D to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027 to grow the economy, culture and society
  • Providing a basis on which policymakers can build a framework to measure and evaluate the return on investment from all R&D

  • Capitalising on the £1.7 billion investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund in areas ranging from Robotics in Extreme Environments and the Faraday Battery Challenge through to Transforming Construction and Prospering from the Energy Revolution

  • Strengthening the Medical Research Council’s commitment to discovery science for human health
  • Pioneering the use of emerging technologies for innovative research to generate deep insights into stem cell biology and advances therapeutics to address the biggest challenges facing human health
  • Bringing together biological, clinical and physical stem cell scientists in a fully integrated, vibrant and cohesive stem cell institute
  • Developing training programmes for the next generation of stem cell scientists to further advance the application of stem cell discoveries into the patient setting

  • Discussing STEM company start up strategies and the role of lead customer R&D contracts in bridging the valley of death
  • Minimising investor dilution and building major UK based companies
  • Understanding the role of Government as a lead customer and the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
  • Designing public sector programmes to contribute to the Industrial Strategy through the procurement of innovation: Lessons learnt from best practice in the public and private sectors

  • Conducting the ‘Review of Skills’ to help identify the successful practices and challenges in linking academic skills with future employment practices
  • Informing universities, e​mployers and policy makers on what are the current opportunities for graduates
  • Maximising future recruitment opportunities for students to pave their way to the job market
  • Highlighting the importance of  work experience programmes, the rise of ‘graduate attributes’ frameworks, the critical role of careers services
  • Increasing employer engagement in course design and delivery and initiatives to meet local skills requirements and potentially enhance local graduate retention

  • Facilitating the REAP panel in collaboration with MIT to develop an entrepreneurship strategy for scientific research projects in Wales
  • Initiating the Be the Spark Movement to combine research with innovative, real-world business practices to produce more commercially minded graduates and create a more prosperous nation
  • Creating a network of innovators, investors and academic talent to transform innovative research into tomorrow’s iconic products and businesses

  • Understanding the outlines of the Next EU Framework Programme (FP9) from 2021 – 2027 following the H2020 mid-term review
  • Securing continued access to EU research and innovation funding streams, such as the Horizon 2020 programme
  • Continuing to collaborate with European academic institutions to foster innovative research
  • Protecting UK HE’s ability to recruit and retain academic talent and support staff from around the world