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Agenda

9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Fiona Lettice
Professor Fiona Lettice
Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Innovation
University of East Anglia
Confirmed
9:40 am
Opening Address: Growing Budgets and Greater Challenges

Successive governments in the UK have increased investment in research and innovation during recent years. With that extra investment, research and innovation are expected to contribute to the economy and society, helping the UK handle Covid-19; leaving the EU; industrial strategy; levelling up regional economies; an ageing population; climate change; and more.

Professor Reid will explore whether the research and innovation system in the UK  is ready for these challenges? Is it sufficiently agile? How responsive should it be to short-term challenges?

Professor Graeme Reid
Professor Graeme Reid
Chair of Science and Research Policy, University College London and Member of the Council, Research England
Confirmed
10:00 am
A Research England Update: The Future of Research Agendas and Assessment following Covid-19
  • Examining how Research England is supporting the Higher Education sector through the Covid-19 crisis and what it will do to aid the sectors’ recovery
  • Assessing what the post-pandemic research landscape will look like and outlining how the sector will need to evolve
  • Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the REF 2021 and examining how Research England has adapted the assessment cycle
Steven Hill
Steven Hill
Director of Research
Research England
Confirmed
10:30 am
Ministerial Address: Delivering a World-Leading Research and Development Roadmap
  • Assessing how the UK Research and Development Roadmap will support the delivery of £22bn worth of investment in R&D by 2024/25
  • Developing a sector-wide conversation on how R&D can address the economic and social challenges presented by the impact of Covid-19
  • Exploring how the new Office for Talent will attract world class researchers, scientists, and innovators to work in the UK following Brexit
  • Reviewing how the government intends to support and enhance R&D impact with the establishment of the new Innovation Expert Group
  • Evaluating the government’s plans for upgrading science infrastructure, research equipment and laboratories with a £300 million funding package
Amanda Solloway MP
Amanda Solloway MP
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break and Networking
11:20 am
Panel Discussion: Recovery and Resilience - R&I Following Covid-19

With research active universities facing immense funding pressures in 2020/21 with a potential collapse in income due a decline in international admissions, this session will explore:

  • How can research-intensive universities support the resilience of their R&I programmes, continue to attract funding and support the financial resilience of their institutions?
  • What will research agendas look like in the wake of Covid-19 and how can research activities adapt to reflect the challenges posed by the pandemic?
  • What does recovery look like for R&I and how can universities support the research workforce and the continuation of vital research projects?
Professor Fiona Lettice
Professor Fiona Lettice
Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Innovation
University of East Anglia
Confirmed
Dr Ceri Williams
Dr Ceri Williams
Director of Research and Innovation Development
University of Leeds
Confirmed
Professor David Sampson
Professor David Sampson
Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation
University of Surrey
Confirmed
Dr Lisa Mooney
Dr Lisa Mooney
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation
Sheffield Hallam University
Confirmed
Martin Smith
Martin Smith
Policy and Advocacy Manager (UK and EU)
Wellcome Trust
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Delivering Responsive and High Impact Support for Businesses Driving Innovation
  • Examining the role of the Innovate UK support package used to support businesses driving innovation and development during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Reflecting on how the R&I sector can learn lessons from the pandemic in developing immediate and rapid solutions in a crisis
Paul Mason
Paul Mason
Director - Responsive Programmes
Innovate UK
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Break and Networking
1:30 pm
Driving Regional Economic Growth with Integrated Solutions on Human Infections
  • Gaining £114 million in government and industry funding, including the UKRI Strength in Places Fund, to develop a regional consortium leading research on human infections  and driving regional economic growth in the process
  • Partnering with regional universities, private firms and NHS North West to develop an internationally competitive research hub
  • Assessing how the research hub will support regional growth with the delivery of 8 new research units focussed on infectious disease therapeutics
  • Examining the aims of the programme in generating jobs, attracting international investment and turning the North West into an internationally recognised research and development hub
Professor Janet Hemingway
Professor Janet Hemingway
Project Lead for Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) Programme
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Confirmed
1:50 pm
R&I Leading Recovery: Designing Solutions for a Post Covid-19 Economy
  • Exploring how Lancaster University utilised £13.2 million of Research England funding in developing a design-led research laboratory
  • Developing solutions to support recovery from the pandemic with a new automated social distancing way-finding model to allow businesses to reopen safely
  • Harnessing algorithms, generative software and heat mapping to form automated exclusion zones and identify areas at risk of failing to comply with social distancing
  • Exploring lessons in evaluating and trialling innovations for quick roll out and delivery amid the crisis
Des Fagan
Des Fagan
Head of Architecture
Lancaster University
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Supporting the Development of the Technical and R&I Workforce of the Future
  • Identifying technical skills shortages in the R&I workforce in areas including engineering, AI, robotics and nuclear design
  • Developing a targeted technical apprenticeships and training pipeline designed to meet key skills shortages, with the training of 350 technical apprentices a year
  • Assessing the challenges Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic have presented to the recruitment of R&I talent and how the sector can support the development of domestic technicians and engineers
  • Sharing lessons from the UK Atomic Energy Authority in how key research sectors can look to develop their R&I talent pipelines in the long term
David Martin
David Martin
Director
Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Live Questions and Ideas Session
2:50 pm
Break and Networking
3:10 pm
Enhancing Research Integrity and Culture across the R&I Landscape
  • Analysing the findings from new report, Research Integrity: A Landscape Study, demonstrating the importance of local culture, leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration in supporting research integrity
  • Assessing the impact of the revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity in guiding trustworthy and ethical research practices across the R&I sector
  • Outlining the establishment of UKRI’s new Research Integrity Committee and how it will support improvements to the research environment
Dr Helen Munn
Dr Helen Munn
Interim Chair
Research Integrity Committee
Invited
3:30 pm
Leading Recovery: The Next Steps for Research Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange

With research and innovation expected to play a major role in national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, this panel session will bring together some of the nation’s leading R&I experts to assess the next steps in developing impactful partnerships.

  • How will the Covid-19 crisis influence knowledge exchange priorities and partnership working?
  • How has the crisis reshaped economic and societal challenges and how will this influence funding programmes and investment?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the crisis in developing agile and responsive research and innovation programmes?
Dan Warren
Dan Warren
Director, Advanced Network Research
Samsung R&D UK
Confirmed
Helen Ewles
Helen Ewles
Head of Research and Innovation Policy
Royal Academy of Engineering
Confirmed
Professor Kiran Trehan
Professor Kiran Trehan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnership and Engagement
University of York
Confirmed
Christine McGrath
Christine McGrath
Director of Research and Development, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Chair
UKRD
Confirmed
Professor Jane Turner OBE
Professor Jane Turner OBE
Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement)
Teeside University
Confirmed
4:20 pm
Chair's Summary and Close

* Programme subject to change