Scotland Policy Conferences

The future for research and innovation in Scotland post-2020: strengthening collaboration, attracting talent and addressing funding issues after Brexit

Morning, Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar which will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the future for research and innovation in Scotland.


Delegates will examine Government policy for supporting the R&I sector - including  the implementation of The Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan particularly the piloting of two new productivity clubs, expansion of the Scotland CAN DO: Business Innovation Forum and a target to double Scotland’s business expenditure on research and development to £1.7bn per annum by 2025.


They will look at the way forward for developing a successful R&I sector, including developing further collaboration between universities, Innovation Centres and businesses - and supporting the priority sectors for the Scottish economy, such as digital technology, life sciences, and energy.


Those attending will also look at the future for funding, including how best to utilise the £110m investment from The Scottish Government over the next three years, and how universities, businesses and others can work with the Scottish Funding Council’s Universities Innovation Fund to strengthen the sector following The Scottish Government’s announcement of a £11.6m increase in grant funding. There will also be discussion on the future for external funding, particularly post-Brexit and Horizon 2020.


Further sessions will examine how to promote excellence in research in Scotland, looking particularly at how best to train and develop researchers and academics including the development of effective career pathways in R&I and how to protect Scotland’s position a global leader in research and innovation to continue to attract international students and researchers post Brexit.



Keynote Speakers

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, The Scottish Government

Dr Ian Brotherston

Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy, Business Innovation Engagement - Strategy, Innovate UK

Keynote Speakers

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, The Scottish Government

Dr Ian Brotherston

Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy, Business Innovation Engagement - Strategy, Innovate UK

Linda Hanna

Managing Director, Scottish Economic Development, Scottish Enterprise

Chair

Daniel Johnson MSP

Member, Cross Party Group on Science and Technology

Speakers

Roger Kilburn

Chief Executive Officer, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

Senior speaker confirmed from SSE

Simon Andrews

Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK Research

David Nisbet

Research Awards Team Leader, The Royal Society of Edinburgh