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Event Date Fri May 14 EDT (6 months ago)
Location Online
Region All

Areas for discussion include:
• funding - including securing an equitable share for Wales of the UK government’s increased investment in R&D
• collaboration - improving joint working between universities in Wales, including in knowledge exchange and bids for research projects and funding
• place - ensuring that benefits of Welsh R&D address regional and local priorities, as well as improving links between researchers, policymakers, businesses and research funders
• research skills and infrastructure - developing understanding, the evidence base, and strategies for building up assets to underpin a vibrant and effective Welsh R&D system
• COVID-19 - harnessing R&D for post-pandemic economic and social recovery in Wales
• Welsh R&D on the world stage - how visibility in the international research landscape can be grown, and next steps for international partnerships

The agenda:
• The R&D landscape in Wales in the wake of the pandemic
• Driving research and innovation, and improving collaboration between Welsh universities
• Developing a collaborative culture amongst Welsh HEIs - joining up pools of research expertise, streamlining communications, sharing resources and managing intellectual property, and lessons learned during COVID-19
• Harnessing Welsh research in the post-pandemic economic recovery
- Priorities for unlocking the full potential of the Welsh R&D system
- Next steps for collaboration between industry and research
- Levelling up and spreading the benefits of Welsh R&D locally
- The role of business-led innovation in boosting Welsh research
- Dovetailing economic recovery with net zero aims through R&D
• Improving the visibility of Welsh research in the international research landscape, fostering international partnerships, and harnessing the potential of international student mobility
• The role of Welsh universities in supporting Wales’ future


2021 Speakers


Professor Rick Delbridge
Professor of Organizational Analysis, Cardiff Business School and Co-convenor, Centre for Innovation Policy, Cardiff University

Professor Graeme Reid
Chair, Science and Research Policy, University College London and Author, Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales

Professor Julie Lydon
Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales and Chair, Universities Wales


Virginia Crosbie MP
Member, Welsh Affairs Committee and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Marine Energy

Baroness Randerson
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson, Transport, and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Wales Office


Professor Helen Griffiths
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation, Swansea University

Professor Serena Margadonna
Executive Director, Centre of Excellence, Circular Applications to Utilise and Retain Energy; and Chair, Engineering, Swansea University

Professor Martina Feilzer
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Business, Bangor University and Co-Director, WISERD

Paul Byard
Managing Director, FSG

David Anderson
Director General, National Museum of Wales

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans
Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), University of South Wales

Kellie Beirne
Chief Executive, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Matt Wordley
Chief Executive Officer, Rescape Innovation

Professor Christian Kaunert
Director, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and International Centre for Policing and Security (ICPS), University of South Wales

Helen Cross
Head of Strategy Co-ordination, UKRI

Olivia Harrison
Head of Research, Innovation and Engagement, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Partner

• Wales