Key Points
  • Hear about the future of British science funding, what is next after Brexit and what are the alternate funding streams.
  • Understand the instability around EU workers in the UK and how the UK will remain an attractive place for science.
  • Learn about research and collaboration in the future, within private sector industries, the EU and beyond.
Guest of Honour

Professor Lord Mair Member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers
  • Prof. Lord Mair, Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Committee
  • Keith Thompson, CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Prof. Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Innovation), University of Oxford
  • Kirsten Bound, Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, Nesta
  • Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
  • Dr Mike Galsworthy, Founder, Scientists for EU
  • Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation and Digital, Confederation of British Industry
  • Craig Marshall, President, Prospect
  • Anne-May Janssen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK
  • Dr Susan Guthrie, Research Leader, RAND


Government rhetoric would suggest that Science is an important element in their thinking towards Brexit yet over 2 years since the referendum there are still question marks over the future cooperation of UK and EU science.

“…The UK will always be open to the brightest and best researchers to come and make their valued contribution…” Theresa May

A large concern around the future of the UK’s involvement in Horizon 2020 – the largest ever European funding program for research and development and while the government has stated its desire to have a deep science partnership with the European Union there is little clarity on what this partnership would look like.

“…Today over half of the UK’s resident researcher population were born overseas… When we leave the European Union, I will ensure that does not change…” Theresa May

The instability caused in the wake of the Brexit vote has led to worries around the retention of current EU workers in the UK as well as attracting scientists to the UK.

“…I think there’s no question that if you want to be a successful country scientifically you have to be international, you cannot be parochial…” Dr Patrick Vallance

The governments industrial strategy promotes the collaboration of science and business to boost UK productivity and business, aiming to keep the UK at the front of global innovations. Rhetoric has also highlighted the international nature of science and the potential for forging more global collaborations and partnerships.

This event will focus on:
  • The future of British science funding
  • The issue for EU nationals working in the UK and how to keep attracting the best minds
  • The future of research and collaboration, looking further than the EU, and into the private sector.


Who should Attend: Academics, scientists, those involved in research, science policy leads, heads of innovation.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Lord Mair Member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

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09:05 - 09:35
Keynote Address: The Outlook for British Science in the Post-Brexit Landscape

 
  • What next for British science?
  • Investing in our future

09:35 - 10:30
Funding after Brexit

 
  • The potential cost of Brexit for science and innovation
  • The potential for private sector funding
  • Finding funding after Brexit - 'looking beyond europe'
  • Horizon 2020

Speakers

Felicity Burch Director of Innovation and Digital, Confederation of British Industry

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Anne-May Janssen Head of European Engagement, Universities UK

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Dr Mike Galsworthy Founder, Scientists for EU

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10:30 - 11:00
Tea & Coffee Break

 

11:00 - 11:55
Losing Knowledge, Expertise and Skills

 
  • Addressing the instability around EU nationals in the UK
  • The consequences of Brexit on current and future EU nationals in the UK
  • Remaining an attractive destination for science

Speakers

Dr Sarah Main Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering

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Dr Susan Guthrie Research Leader, RAND

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Craig Marshall President, Prospect

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11:55 - 12:55
Research and Collaboration

 
  • Collaboration with the private sector to promote and further innovation
  • Government focus on private and academic cooperation
  • The future of international collaboration
  • Fostering further cooperation amidst a Brexit background
  • Horizon 2020 and the European Defence Research Program 

Speakers

Professor Chas Bountra Pro-Vice Chancellor (innovation), University of Oxford

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Kirsten Bound Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, Nesta

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Keith Thompson CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

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

 

End

Speakers

Anne-May Janssen Head of European Engagement, Universities UK

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Kirsten Bound Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, Nesta

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Professor Chas Bountra Pro-Vice Chancellor (innovation), University of Oxford

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Felicity Burch Director of Innovation and Digital, Confederation of British Industry

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Dr Mike Galsworthy Founder, Scientists for EU

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Dr Susan Guthrie Research Leader, RAND

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Dr Sarah Main Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering

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Professor Lord Mair Member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

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Craig Marshall President, Prospect

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Keith Thompson CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

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Venue details

Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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