Key Points
  • United in Prosperity: Addressing Regional Disparities Across the Union
  • Scaling Up: Commercialising Scientific Research Profiting from Innovation, Designing New Technologies, and Providing a Healthy Business Environment
  • Global Competitiveness: Responding to the Challenges of Emerging Markets and Brexit Disruption
  • Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Sector: Funding, Skills, and Political Will
Guest of Honour

Mayor Tim Bowles West of England Regional Mayor

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Overview
In the wake of deliberations on a new Industrial Strategy, we’re convening this forum to assess the future of UK manufacturing in advanced and high-value industries.

Delegates will discuss the regional disparities in economic prosperity, and how advanced manufacturing and our world-class universities can alleviate this gap. Representatives from the combined local authorities and devolved parliaments will talk about regional strategy and the need for a triangulation between central and local governments and business.

Britain has long led the world in scientific research, but lagged behind in developing the commercial potential of its R&D. This forum investigate recent successes of advanced manufacturing firms in the UK - ranging from aerospace to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - and plans for further bridging the gap between scientific and technological innovation.

As the economy adapts to our new future outside of the EU, we ask what impact Brexit will have on our manufacturing sector, how competitive we can be in a globalised economy, and where our negotiations leave the research bodies and industries currently propped up with money from Brussels.

Tying it all together, we will analyse the current state of the British workforce, and how we can cope with the incoming economic disruption that advanced technology brings. Are we focusing enough on STEM subjects and other technical qualifications in school? How can be tackle the UK's productivity problem? And can we have a working Industrial Strategy that gets the balance right between government interference and market freedom?

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee, and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK's Welcome

 
Chair to be announced.

09:05 - 09:45
Keynote Address

 
Speaker to be announced.

09:45 - 10:20
United in Prosperity: Addressing Regional Disparities Across the Union

 
  • Identifying key sectors and regional strengths in devolved areas, including England’s cities and combined authorities, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
  • Assessing methods of triangulation between central government, local authorities and devolved assemblies, and businesses
  • Ensuring adequate funding for research councils and higher education facilities, and diverse funding models that sees money sent to other regions than London and the South-East.
  • Should government R&D grants be in line with academic output, or the number of patents applied for, in any given case?
  • Analysing and implementing the recommendations of both the Government’s Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, and the independent Industrial Strategy Committee’s July report.

10:20 - 10:55
Scaling Up: Commercialising Scientific Research: Profiting from Innovation, Designing New Technologies, and Providing a Healthy Business Environment

 
  • Addressing the gap between innovation and commercialisation within the UK market. 
  • Embracing new technologies to increase manufacturing productivity, reinvigorate existing businesses, and create diverse new enterprises.

10:55 - 11:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 
Chair to be announced.

11:00 - 11:25
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:25 - 11:30
Chair's Welcome Back

 
Chair to announced.

11:30 - 12:10
Global Competitiveness: Responding to the Challenges of Emerging Markets and Brexit Disruption

 
  • Identifying Britain’s comparative strengths in terms of global manufacturing.
  • Identifying current and future disruptions as Brexit is implemented in the coming years: for example, science funding (Horizon 2020), barriers to trade, and supply chain disruption.

12:10 - 12:55
Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Sector: Funding, Skills, and Political Will

 
  • Negotiating an Industrial Strategy that provides industries with the resources needed to prosper.
  • Addressing the skills gap, and prioritising STEM subjects in secondary and higher education in order; making advanced manufacturing an attractive market for young graduates.
  • Collaborating to achieve a long-term solution to Britain’s productivity problem
  • Triangulating between businesses, academia, and central and local governments.

12:55 - 13:00
Chair and Policy-UK's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Mayor Tim Bowles West of England Regional Mayor

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Dr John L. Collins Commercial Director - SynbiCITE at Imperial College London

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Venue details

One Birdcage Walk 1 Birdcage Walk Westminster London SW1H 9JJ

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