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Covid-19 has and will impact the future of UK research in many different ways. With the 2020 REF delayed and laboratories closed, there are many short-term changes to adapt to. However, the challenges facing research will be broad and long-lasting.
The government has indicated that research and innovation is a key priority, and has a target of 2.4% of GDP in research investment. In the wake of the global pandemic, will the government double down on this goal? To what extent will these plans be disrupted by the financial fallout of the crisis? And how can the sector best position itself both to support the UK recover and capitalise on new opportunities?
Universities UK’s annual, national conference on research and innovation will be chaired by Professor Julia Buckingham, President, Universities UK, and Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London. The conference will also feature an address from Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research, and Innovation.
Whether you’re an institutional leader keen to understand how to develop an outstanding research and innovation strategy, a Principal Investigator interested in how to promote effective research practice within your team or an individual researcher curious about how to use your research and skills to lobby for change in government policy, this conference will offer something for you.
The event aims to provide delegates with practical ideas and opportunities to discuss how to optimise the impact of research and innovation through effective strategy, partnerships, regulation, communication and engagement.
This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic. Relevant job titles include:
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At the time of writing, UUK is planning to resume events and conferences in autumn 2020. We take the health of safety of our delegates, speakers and staff extremely seriously, and please note that all of our events will be run in line with government and public health advice, which we are constantly monitoring. Should this event be cancelled due to government advice, we will deliver the event online or endeavour to rearrange this event for a future date. You will also have the option for a refund.
Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK
Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
Bairbre Kelly, Head of Place Strategy for Science, Research & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England
Speakers to be announced.
Beth Thompson, Head of Policy (UK and EU), Wellcome Trust
Isobel Stephen or Emma Lindsell, Executive Director, Strategy and Governance, UKRI
More speakers to be announced.
Rachel Bruce, Director open science and research lifecycle, UKRI
Steve Decent, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Liam Earney, Executive Director, Digital Resources, Jisc
Helena Mills, Head of REF Policy or Kim Hackett, REF Director, Research England
Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman, Academic Development Lead, University College London - invited
Peter Mason, Policy Manager – Europe, Universities UK International
Agnes Estibals, Policy Manager – Europe, Universities UK International
More speakers to be announced