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This conference examines priorities for UK science and innovation.

 

It comes as:

 

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • The Industrial Strategy and investment in UK science and innovation - with Mike Biddle, Deputy Executive Chair; Chief Operating Officer and Director, Strategy, Innovate UK;
  • The impact of REF and KEF on the commercialisation of research - with Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England;
  • The balance of research spending from an international perspective and promoting evidence driven innovation policy - with Dr Jos van den Broek, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Hague and Jen Rae, Head, UK Innovation Policy, Nesta;
  • Priorities for science and innovation spending - emerging tech sectors, regional economies and leveraging private R&D investment;
  • Best practice in management the of intellectual property - with Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO; and
  • Addressing the challenges for commercialisation of research - managing IP, encouraging spin-outs and the licensing of university IP, and making the most of existing infrastructure and the Catapult Centre network.

 

Access to and utilisation of funding

The seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss how the increased investment in UK research and innovation can be utilised most effectively - including the balancing of competition-based funds with quality-related (QR) investment, the introduction of innovation loans and the efficiency of R&D tax credits.

 

The focus of investment

The agenda also looks at whether the sectors identified by the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge, such as energy storage, autonomous vehicles, precision medicine and quantum technologies, remain the most appropriate targets for focused investment, and what further areas of emerging technology could be considered. 

 

REF, KEF and commercialisation

Further sessions will consider issues surrounding the role of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in driving commercialisation of research, particularly with the increase in weighting of the impact criteria for REF2021 - including around improving management of intellectual property and encouraging university spin-outs.

 

Scientific infrastructure

With UKRI preparing to publish its infrastructure roadmap in Spring 2019, attendees will also assess priorities for investment in UK scientific infrastructure, looking at the opportunities for the UK to maximise the impact of existing facilities and the future for the Catapult Centre network. 

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

The Earl of Selborne

 

 

9.05 - 9.25

The Industrial Strategy and investment in UK science and innovation

Mike Biddle, Deputy Executive Chair; Chief Operating Officer and Director, Strategy, Innovate UK

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.25 - 9.45

The impact of KEF & REF on commercialisation of research

Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.45 - 10.05

Assessing the balance of research spending and promoting evidence-driven innovation policy

Dr Jos van den Broek, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Hague

Jen Rae, Head, UK Innovation Policy, Nesta

 

 

10.05 - 10.55

Priorities for science and innovation spending - emerging tech sectors, regional economies and leveraging private R&D investment

What is the likely impact of the Government’s pledge of up to 2.4% of UK GDP for R&D by 2027 on the UK’s international positioning in research and on encouraging private investment? Are the emerging tech sectors identified for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund the most likely contenders for enabling the UK to take world-leading positions; which other sectors should be considered? What has been the impact of Science and Innovation Audits on effectively focusing regions on areas of existing R&D strengths and what more needs to be done to further develop clusters? How can the increased public investment in UK research and innovation be utilised most effectively; for example what is the right balance between the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, HEIF allocations and QR funding through REF? What are the early indicators from the Innovation Loans pilots, and is there a case for legislating to allow Innovate UK to take equity stakes in start-ups and scale-ups as an alternative form of investment? How effective are R&D tax credits as a tool for encouraging private investment and what steps can be taken to increase their up-take by eligible businesses?

Ian Taylor, Chairman, UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and former Minister, Science, Space & Technology, Department for Trade and Industry (1994-97)

Zoe Martin, Policy Manager, Cancer Research UK

Senior representative, university

Economist

Questions and comments from the floor with Jen Rae, Head, UK Innovation Policy, Nesta and Dr Jos van den Broek, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut

 

 

10.55 - 11.00

Chair’s closing remarks

The Earl of Selborne

 

 

11.00 - 11.25

Coffee

 

 

11.25 - 11.30

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian 

 

 

11.30 - 11.40

Best practice in management of intellectual property

Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO

 

 

11.40 - 12.30

Addressing the challenges for commercialisation of research - managing IP, encouraging spin-outs and the licensing of university IP, and making the most of existing infrastructure and the Catapult Centre network

What more could be done to improve IP management in universities - for example increasing the time, funding and other resources invested in commercialisation activity, and growing the number of staff involved and developing their skills? What is the potential of the Science and Innovation Audits to create a more even distribution of IP income between the very successful commercialising universities and other research-intensive institutions with potentially exploitable IP assets? How can the new University Enterprise Zones best support local innovative businesses to grow? Is the existing scientific infrastructure, including the Catapult Centre network, being maximised by universities and businesses?

Justyna Ostrowska, Solicitor, IP Transactions and Commercialisation, Fieldfisher

Dr Anne Dobrée, Head of Seed Funds, Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge

Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Senior representative, business

Questions and comments from the floor with Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO

 

 

12.30 - 12.55

Priorities for UK innovation - the National Research and Innovation Strategy

Senior speaker to be announced

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Higher Education Forumclosing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Higher Education Forum. Follow us @WHEFEvents for live updates.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Mike Biddle, Deputy Executive Chair; Chief Operating Officer and Director, Strategy, Innovate UK; Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England; Dr Jos van den Broek, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Hague; Jen Rae, Head, UK Innovation Policy, Nesta and Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO.

 

Further confirmed speakers include: Ian Taylor, Chairman, UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and former Minister, Science, Space & Technology, Department for Trade and Industry (1994-97); Dr Anne Dobrée, Head of Seed Funds, Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge; Zoe Martin, Policy Manager, Cancer Research UK; Justyna Ostrowska, Solicitor, IP Transactions and Commercialisation, Fieldfisher and Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

 

The Earl of Selborne has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking

 

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and officials from BEIS; DCMS; Defra; DHSC; DFID; DfT; DHSC; Government Office for Science; HMRC; Home Office; HSE; IPO; MHRA; Office for Life Sciences; Welsh Government and the UK Space Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from Abel & Imray; Boehringer Ingelheim; Dstl; Frontier Economics; Gosman Asociates; Haybury; KPMG; Rathenau Instituut, The Hague; UKRI-STFC; University of Hull; University of Salford and Veolia.

 

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Taylor & Francis.

 

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament and officials from BEIS, DfE and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade media.

 

Output and About Us

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BEIS, DfE, Government Office for Science and other government departments and agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Higher Education Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at The future for UK science and innovation(including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

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