The Society runs a range of events to examine and discuss key issues in R&D, to reflect on the applicability of good practice from one market sector in others, and to encourage networking between attendees from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Our events are announced as details are finalised in the event listings below and in our email updates.

The majority of our events take place in London. Unless otherwise stated, our events are open to members and non-members alike. Members receive a substantial discount on the attendance fees. Where available, the slides provided from speakers are made available to members.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG

Organised by the Research and Development Society and sponsored by Intel, IBM and the Institute of Physics

A synopsis of the event can be found here.

For reference, see the programme below:


Welcome and introduction; Professor Colin Whitehouse, Chair of the Research and Development Society

Key UK Opportunities for Scientific Modelling and Virtual Prototyping – the new strategic Vision for UK e-infrastructure

     Professor Dominic Tildesley, co-chair of the UK E-Infrastructure Leadership Council

The Challenges facing Next Generation Super Computer Design and new Software Development

Dave Turek, Vice-President of Exascale Computing, IBM

Sean McGuire, Director, Strategic Government HPC Programs for EMEA, Intel

The new Hartree International Centre for Computational Science and Engineering; an overview of ICE-CSE and the Important Opportunities for new Scientific and Engineering Modelling

Dr Adrian Wander, Director, Computational Science and Engineering Department, STFC

The Importance of E-Infrastructure and High Performance Computing for Future Science, Technology and Economic Growth

Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science; co-chair of the UK E-Infrastructure Leadership Council

 Key Opportunities for Next Generation Virtual Prototyping for Blue-Chips and SMEs

Overview of the Virtual Engineering Centre and its Multi-Sector Virtual Prototyping Activities

Dr Gillian Murray, Operations Director, Virtual Engineering Centre

State of the Art Virtual Prototyping in the Automotive Industry

Dr Andy Searle, Head of High Performance Computing, Jaguar Land Rover

 Q&A from floor

IP Strategy towards Asia

Organised by the Asia Pacific Technology Network

Hosted by Fasten Martineau, 17 Hanover Square, LONDON, W1S 1HU.

Seminar from 17.30 on Thursday, 3rd May 2012

In this seminar, we will discuss what IP Strategy is. How should western companies formulate IP strategies when faced with a fast-emerging economy such as China? In particular, how should companies approach sectors where there is official support for “Indigenous Innovation”? When collaborating with China, can western companies avoid creating Chinese competitors?

£20 + VAT (INTIPSA and R&D Society members)

For more details and to register, follow this link

Wilson Review of University-Business Collaboration

Presentation of Findings and Panel Discussion

on Thursday March 29, 2012, from 16:30-22:00

Organised by the Research and Development Society

Sponsored by the University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics


Invisible Innovation in India: the Emerging Challenge to the West

Thursday, 8th December  -

A seminar with Professor Nirmalya Kumar, Professor of Marketing at the London Business School speaking on the growing ability of Indian companies to innovate consumer products that are compact, low cost, efficient and robust.

Time: 17:00 – 19:15, followed by refreshments
Location: Fasken Martineau, 17 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HU

This seminar, organised by the Asia-Pacific Technology Network, is co-organised by the Research and Development Society and is free to members.

For further details, follow this link.