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Westminster Higher Education Forum: The future for UK science and innovation funding and policy

Brexit, the Higher Education and Research Bill and supporting disruptive innovation


Date: 2 February 2017

Location: Central London


This timely conference will draw together key policymakers and affected stakeholders to discuss the future of science and innovation policy. It is held at a time of uncertainty over the long-term impact of the EU referendum result on UK science funding and collaborations. It also follows the Government’s commitments, in the Autumn Statement, to increase research spending by £2 billion a year by 2020, a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund focused on ‘priority technologies’, such as robotics and biotechnology, and a review of R&D tax incentives.


Further topics of discussion will include:

  • Potential further reform of IP Laws
  • Improving access to finance for disruptive start-ups
  • How the UK can retain and continue to attract R&D-intensive businesses
  • Reforms to the structure of the Research Councils
  • Implications of UK research funding priorities


Key speakers include:

  • Kevin Baughan, Chief Development Officer, Innovate UK
  • Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
  • Simon Andrews, Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK Research
  • Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group and Member, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
  • Dr Amanda Begley, Director of Innovation and Implementation, UCLPartners


To view the latest agenda, speaker line up, and to register your place visit the event website.

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