3 December, 2019

As the agenda includes discussion on priorities for improving management of intellectual property so as to maximise and protect the commercial output of UK research – particularly in the context of the move to open research – I thought that this might be of particular interest. The agenda includes a keynote address from with a keynote address from Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO.

Sessions in the agenda include:
• The way forward for science and innovation funding;
• The UK’s future role within the international science and innovation community;
• Priorities for science spending – current and new public funding streams, leveraging private and third sector investment, and where Britain can lead on emerging technologies;
• Protecting the content of research in an open research landscape;
• Maximising the UK research base commercially – improving IP management, supporting spin-outs and overcoming barriers to strengthened university-industry partnerships; and
• Priorities for supporting continued and investment and innovation in STEM research.

There will be keynote contributions from:
• Mike Biddle, Programme Director, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK – discussing the policy priorities for building on the Industrial Strategy to improve the UK’s capacity for science and innovation research and investment; and
• Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, IPO – examining the priorities for STEM research institutions to protect the value and individuality of their research as the UK and international research community move towards an open research model.