Key Points
  • Exploring the political landscape, challenges and future possibilities for British science, research and innovation
  • Attracting global talent and developing STEM workers to address the UKs skills shortage
  • Achieving the 2.4% 2027 and 3% beyond target to improve outcomes for wider society
  • Reviewing the importance of blue skies research and entrepreneurship in driving technological and scientific innovation


Overview

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute
    • Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
    • Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, Professor of Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford
    • Dr Catherine Lichten, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
    • Stephen Simpson, Director of Research, Arthritis Research UK
    • Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy, Russell Group


    The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy commits to increasing the UK’s expenditure on research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 to meet the global challenges of the future. British science, research and innovation is threated by a potential lack of access to funding programmes, regulatory alignment and freedom of movement post-Brexit.

    Westminster Insight’s timely conference on The Future of British Science, Research and Innovation features contributions from industry experts on the opportunities, risk and future possibilities facing British science to explore how Britain can remain a destination for research and innovation.

    You will learn of the wider implications of Brexit on British Science, discuss how innovators and investors can collaboratively empower national research, and explore the need to attract and retain world class STEM students and researchers.

    Attend this conference to network with innovators working on The Grand Challenge missions, government representatives providing insight on future regulatory opportunities, and leading authorities advocating for increased public and private investment in R&D to maximise outcomes for wider society.

Agenda
Start

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

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address: exploring the political landscape and future possibilities for British science

 
  • Delivering on the Government's Industrial strategy by assessing the barries to public and private investment in R&D to meet the 2.4% 2021 target
  • Exploring the opportunities and risks presented by Brexit for the future of science, research and innovation
  • Creating beneficial global partnerships to enable retention of international expertise and infrastructure
  • Building a future beyond Europe to improve collaboration with developing nations and take advantage of emerging opportunities
  • Minimising disruption to British researchers by retaining affiliation with Horizon Europe

09.40 - 09.50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor John Loughhead Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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09:50 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: acquiring global talent to retain Britain's place as a global leader for research and education

 
  • Remaining an attractive destination for British science to prevent a loss of talent and skills
  • Discussing the role of work visas and tax credits to incentivise innovation, study and entrepreneurship in the UK
  • Building a workforce capable of engaging in emerging STEM-based industries to address the UK's skill shortage

Speakers

Dr Catherine Lichten Senior Analyst, RAND

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Stephen Simpson Director of Research, Arthritis Research UK

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Stephanie Smith Head of Policy, Russell Group

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10:30 - 11:10
Panel Discussion: assessing regulatory alignment opportunities post-Brexit to meet the global and national challenges of the future

 
  • Establishing and acknowledging regulation governance to protect access to biocidal products, active substances and data banks
  • Retaining close alignment with international regulators to ensure scientists can continue to tackle global challenges collaboratively
  • Assessing opportunities to implement national regulatory frameworks which empowers innovation and upholds public safety

Speakers

Robert Parker Chief Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry

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11:10 - 11:40
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:40 - 12:00
Keynote Address: Securing future funding and investment in R&D to improve productivity, competitiveness and outcomes for wider society

 
  • Achieving British prosperity through R&D by increasing public and private sector funding in science and innovation
  • Exploring the potential Discovery Fund to assess the UK's future ambition for international, innovative and curiosity-driven blue skies research
  • Discussing the importance of Horizon Europe and other EU funding projects to effectively support British researchers
  • Recognising potential for international funding streams through bi-lateral agreements to provide opportunities for scientists

12:00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sir Adrian Smith Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute

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12:10 - 12:30
Driving UK innovation by recognising the importance of blue skies research

 
  • Exploring the role of both blue skies research and challenge-led research in generating scientific and technological evolution
  • Maximising benefits for the economy and society by empowering researchers to engage in intellectual curiosity
  • Increasing investment in blue skies research to remain at the forefront of new discoveries

12:30 - 12:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE Professor of Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

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12:40 - 13:20
Panel Discussion: supporting businesses and researchers to produce positive outcomes for the economy and wider society

 
  • Mapping trends in challenge-led research, government funding and industry priorities to remain competitive in emerging markets and tackle the grand challenge of the future
  • Creating the best possible environment to enable research and innovation to flourish
  • Building partnerships with innovators to ensure researchers are aware of demands for particular innovations and technologies
  • Empowering business and entrepreneurs to turn ideas and research into commercially successful products

13:20 - 13:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE Professor of Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

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Dr Catherine Lichten Senior Analyst, RAND

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Professor John Loughhead Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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Robert Parker Chief Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry

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Stephen Simpson Director of Research, Arthritis Research UK

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Sir Adrian Smith Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute

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Stephanie Smith Head of Policy, Russell Group

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Venue details

Central London


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