Scotland Policy Conferences

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

TO BE PUBLISHED October 2019

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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates