Key Points
  • Key aims of the Government's Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap and progress to date with implementation
  • The impact of the pandemic on R&D - lessons learnt and the role of science in driving economic and social recovery
  • Boosting investment in research, exploring post-Brexit funding options and reducing bureaucracy
  • Building a world-leading workforce by increasing the attractiveness, inclusivity, security and sustainability of careers
  • Supporting greater innovation in UK businesses
  • Maximising international research collaboration
  • Transforming the diversity and inclusivity of science to overcome barriers to equality
  • Putting research into practice by improving engagement with target audiences beyond academia and creating and measuring impact
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Overview
Expert Speakers:
  • Holly Yates, Deputy Director for R&D Strategy and Investment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, The British Science Association
  • Dr Jeremy Silver, Chair, The Catapult Network and CEO, Digital Catapult
  • Peter Mason, Head of International Engagement (Europe, Research & Innovation), Universities UK International
  • Paul Mason, Director of Innovation Policy, Innovate UK
  • Rory Duncan, Director of Talent, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Dr Catriona Firth, Associate Director for Research Environment, Research England
  • Kelly Vere, Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Lead, Science Council
  • Joanna Burton, Policy Manager, The Russell Group
  • Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB)
  • Dr Lutz-Peter Berg, Head of Science & Innovation (UK, Ireland, Nordic Countries), Embassy of Switzerland in the UK
  • Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)
  • Ijad Madisch, Co-Founder and CEO, Researchgate


The pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of science and innovation with British researchers at the forefront of global vaccine research and critical to the UK’s economic and social recovery.

The Government has responded with a UK Research & Development Roadmap, backed by an increase of investment for research and development (R&D) of £22 billion by 2024 to 2025, committing to make the UK a science superpower.

Westminster Insight’s British Science, Research and Innovation Conference will explore how key challenges facing the R&D sector can be overcome to cement the UK’s reputation as a world-leading research industry. Including increasing levels of public and private investment, reducing bureaucracy, building a resilient workforce, encouraging greater innovation, increasing international collaboration and ensuring the impact of research benefits a greater range of people and places.

Attend to hear from experts and leading stakeholders from across Government, academia, research communities and industry about how we can revitalise our whole system of science, research and innovation to release its potential to tackle the biggest challenges our society faces.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

08:40 - 09:10
Government Priorities for Science, Research and Innovation

 
  • Progress to date with implementing the R&D Roadmap
  • Inspiring and enabling talented people and teams
  • Driving up innovation and productivity
  • Levelling up R&D across the UK
  • Being at the forefront of global collaboration
  • Developing world leading infrastructure and institutions
9:00 - 9:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Holly Yates Deputy Director for R&D Strategy and Investment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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09:10 - 09:50
Panel Discussion: Building a World Class Research and Technical Workforce

 
  • Increasing retention rates by improving career progression, security and sustainability 
  • Supporting talented individuals in universities, businesses, and other research environments
  • The impact of Brexit, immigration policy and the role of the Office for Talent and Global Talent Visa 
  • Inspiring a new generation of scientists, researchers, technicians and innovators and building a sustainable talent pipeline
9:40 - 9:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rory Duncan Director of Talent, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

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Kelly Vere Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Lead, Science Council

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Ijad Madisch Co-Founder and CEO, Researchgate

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09:50 - 10:20
Panel Discussion: Improving Funding Options and Decision-Making Processes

 
  • Increasing clarity and coherence in public R&D funding
  • Accessing European Union research funding and domestic equivalents post Brexit
  • Providing the most effective forms of funding and management to incentivise work of the highest quality
  • Improving decision-making approaches, embracing light-touch, ultra-fast and flexible processes with minimal red tape
  • Developing funding schemes to support place-based benefit across the UK
  • The role of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) in funding higher-risk research 
10:10 - 10:20 Questions and Discussion

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Cyril Robin-Champigneul First Counsellor – Research and Innovation, EU Delegation to the United Kingdom

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10:20 - 11:00
Panel Discussion: International Research Collaboration Post-Brexit

 
  • Building and maintaining relations with the European and international science community
  • Supporting UK universities and businesses to work with the best minds, organisations and facilities around the world
  • Maintaining regulation that supports access to new medicines, technologies and constructive collaborations
  • Strengthening R&D partnerships with emerging and developing countries
  • Getting funding for international collaboration
10:20 - 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Lutz-Peter Berg Head of Science & Innovation (UK, Ireland, Nordic Countries), Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

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Peter Mason Head of International Engagement (Europe, Research & Innovation), Universities UK International

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Joanna Burton Policy Manager, The Russell Group

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11:00 - 11:10
Break

 

11:10 - 11:50
Panel Discussion: Boosting Business-Led Innovation Activity

 
  • Ensuring the systems, rules, regulations and networks that underpin the UK economy promote competition, innovation and diffusion 
  • Understanding the challenges and barriers for innovation in UK businesses to flourish
  • Supporting businesses to start, scale-up, or invest in innovation 
  • Improving access to finance and funding
  • Strengthening the interactions between discovery research, applied research, innovation, commercialisation and deployment
11:40 - 11:50 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Dr Joe Marshall Chief Executive, NCUB

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Jenny Tooth OBE CEO, UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

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Dr Jeremy Silver Chair, The Catapult Network and CEO, Digital Catapult

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Paul Mason Director of Innovation Policy, Innovate UK

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11:50 - 12:20
Improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science for Everyone

 
  • Transforming the diversity and inclusivity of science to better reflect UK society
  • Overcoming barriers to equality in UK society, culture and work
  • Improving engagement with traditionally under-represented groups to make science relevant and part of everyone’s culture
12:10 - 12:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Katherine Mathieson Chief Executive, The British Science Association

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12:20 - 12:50
Assessing the Impact of Research

 
  • The role of research assessment in supporting research with socio-economic impact
  • Challenges and opportunities of assessing impact
  • Exploring options for assessing impact in a future national research assessment exercise
12:40 - 12:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Catriona Firth Associate Director for Research Environment, Research England

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr Lutz-Peter Berg Head of Science & Innovation (UK, Ireland, Nordic Countries), Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

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Joanna Burton Policy Manager, The Russell Group

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Rory Duncan Director of Talent, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

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Dr Catriona Firth Associate Director for Research Environment, Research England

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Ijad Madisch Co-Founder and CEO, Researchgate

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Dr Joe Marshall Chief Executive, NCUB

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Paul Mason Director of Innovation Policy, Innovate UK

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Peter Mason Head of International Engagement (Europe, Research & Innovation), Universities UK International

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Katherine Mathieson Chief Executive, The British Science Association

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Cyril Robin-Champigneul First Counsellor – Research and Innovation, EU Delegation to the United Kingdom

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Dr Jeremy Silver Chair, The Catapult Network and CEO, Digital Catapult

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Jenny Tooth OBE CEO, UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

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Kelly Vere Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Lead, Science Council

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Holly Yates Deputy Director for R&D Strategy and Investment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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