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Supporting innovation in UK industry – priorities for investment, the commercialisation of research and UK competitiveness post-Brexit

7th September 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • The development of an industrial strategy – particularly in light of the recent green paper, which highlighted investment in science, research and innovation as one of ten pillars for driving growth and productivity;
  • Proposals to launch an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – aiming to invest in science and innovation challenges, and to develop new and existing areas of industrial strength;
  • The proposed creation of a new public funding body – UK Research and Innovation  looking at how best to maximise the value of public investment in research and innovation; and
  • Horizon 2020 – as the Commission finalises priorities for the project’s last three years – the agenda includes a contribution from Seán O’Reagain, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.
  • Areas for discussion include:
    • Identifying and driving innovation in UK industry: priorities for policy, with a keynote contribution from Dr Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
    • Facilitating future innovation: developing investment and access to finance, the role of public procurement in supporting innovation, and opportunities for developing regional hubs following the Science and Innovation Audits
    • Skills: next steps for closing skills gaps in key sectors such as engineering, as well as challenges for attracting and retaining talent post-Brexit
    • Emerging industrial trends: latest thinking on how the UK can maintain and develop industrial strengths in areas such as AI, robotics and advanced materials, as well as seize opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.


    Lord Mendelsohn has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar. There will be keynote addresses from Dr Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, Innovate UK, and Seán O’Reagain, Deputy Head of Unit, Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission. Other speakers include: James Chandler, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, BenevolentAI; Gary Cutts, Director, Engineering Capability, Rolls-Royce; Stephen Howse, Policy Co-ordinator, Semta; Chris McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute; Julie Newlan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Business and International Development, University of Hertfordshire; Dr Sarah Perkins, Director, GW4 and Joop Tanis, Director, SBRI Healthcare Programme. Register for this event Download the agenda]]>


    7th September 2017
    8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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    Westminster Business Forum
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