Key Points
  • United in Prosperity: Addressing Regional Disparities
  • Scaling Up: Commercialising Scientific Research Profiting from Innovation, Designing New Technologies, and Providing a Healthy Business Environment
  • Global Competitiveness: Responding to the Challenges of Emerging Markets and Brexit Disruption
  • Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Sector: Funding, Skills, and Political Will



Overview
In the wake of the Industrial Strategy White Paper from November 2017, we are convening this forum to assess the future of UK manufacturing in advanced and high-value industries.

Delegates will discuss the regional disparities in economic prosperity, and how advanced manufacturing and our world-class universities can alleviate this gap. Representatives from local authorities and devolved bodies will talk about regional strategy and the need for a triangulation between different layers of government and business.

Britain has long led the world in scientific research, but lagged behind in developing the commercial potential of its R&D. This forum will investigate recent successes of advanced manufacturing firms in the UK - ranging from aerospace to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - and plans for further bridging the gap between scientific and technological innovation.

As the economy adapts to our new future outside of the EU, we ask what impact Brexit will have on our manufacturing sector, how competitive we can be in a globalised economy, and where our negotiations leave the research bodies and industries currently funded and supported by Brussels.

Tying it all together, we will analyse the current state of the British workforce, and how we can cope with the incoming economic disruption that advanced technology brings. Are we focusing enough on STEM subjects and other technical qualifications in school? How can we tackle the UK's productivity problem? Can we have a working Industrial Strategy that gets the balance right between government interference and market freedom?

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee, and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair Welcome Remarks

 
Chair to be announced.

09:05 - 09:45
Keynote Address

 
Speaker to be announced.

09:45 - 10:20
United in Prosperity: Addressing Regional Disparities

 
  • Identifying key sectors and regional strengths.
  • Assessing methods of triangulation whether it be between layers of government, devolved assemblies, businesses and academia
  • Ensuring adequate funding for research councils and higher education facilities, and diverse funding models that benefit all regions
  • How will Research England’s vision for creating a sustainable research base, partnership and talent pipeline take into account regional strengths and challenges that remain in the system today?
  • How will the newly created UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) narrow the gap and deficiency in linkages that currently exist between higher education, research and business, in comparison to our counterparts, such as Germany and South Korea?
  • Should government R&D grants be in line with academic output, or the number of patents applied for, in any given case?



Speakers

Mayor Tim Bowles West of England Regional Mayor

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10:20 - 10:55
Scaling Up: Commercialising Scientific Research: Profiting from Innovation, Designing New Technologies, and Providing a Healthy Business Environment

 
  • Addressing the gap between innovation and commercialisation within the UK market. 
  • Embracing new technologies to increase manufacturing productivity, reinvigorate existing businesses, and create diverse new enterprises.

Speakers

Professor Krzysztof Koziol Director & Founder, Cambridge Nanosytems

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Dr John L. Collins Commercial Director - SynbiCITE at Imperial College London

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James McGilvray Nine Top Minds

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10:55 - 11:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 
Chair to be announced.

11:00 - 11:25
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:25 - 11:30
Chair's Welcome Back

 
Chair to announced.

11:30 - 12:10
Global Competitiveness: Responding to the Challenges of Emerging Markets and Brexit Disruption

 
  • Identifying Britain’s comparative strengths in terms of global manufacturing.
  • Identifying current and future disruptions as Brexit is implemented in the coming years: for example, science funding (Horizon 2020), barriers to trade, and supply chain disruption.

Speakers

James Reeves Managing Director, voxeljet UK Ltd

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Dr Mitesh Ladwa Managing Director, Bid Management Solutions

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Duncan White UKMEA leader for Science and Industry Business, Arup

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12:10 - 12:55
Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Sector: Funding, Skills, and Political Will

 
  • Negotiating an Industrial Strategy that provides local industries with the resources needed to prosper.
  • Addressing the skills gap, and prioritising STEM subjects in secondary and higher education in order; making advanced manufacturing an attractive market for young graduates.
  • Collaborating locally to achieve a long-term solution to Britain’s productivity problem
  • Triangulating between businesses, academia, and layers of government.

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Mayor Tim Bowles West of England Regional Mayor

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Dr John L. Collins Commercial Director - SynbiCITE at Imperial College London

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Professor Krzysztof Koziol Director & Founder, Cambridge Nanosytems

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Dr Mitesh Ladwa Managing Director, Bid Management Solutions

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James McGilvray Nine Top Minds

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Pierce Owen Principal Analyst, Smart Manufacturing

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James Reeves Managing Director, voxeljet UK Ltd

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Duncan White UKMEA leader for Science and Industry Business, Arup

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Supporters & Contributors

ABI Research


Venue details

Central London


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