• Forthcoming R&D Society Events

    Our events are open to anyone interested and, where possible, are documented


    Details of future events will be listed here when available

  • Previous R&D Society Events

    Our events are open to anyone interested and, where possible, are documented

    ‘Not invented here!’ R&D in Construction

    9 November 2016 (London)

    A joint event with The Edge network looking at whether ’s time to come up with a new model for R&D in construction. Speakers included Annabel Filer, SCIN Gallery; Paddy Conaghan, Hoare Lea; Elspeth Finch, Indigo&; and Mike Moseley, KTN. Read on...

    ‘If We Build It…’ Creating a strategic and sustainable vision for UK R&D

    29 Apr 2015 (London)

    Held in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network in the run-up to the UK General Election to look at national R&D strategy, the 'infrastructure' required to support a world-class innovation ecosystem for the UK, and the expectations of how this will accelerate exploitation and economic growth. Read on...

    ‘If We Build It…’ Creating a strategic and sustainable vision for UK R&D

    29 Apr 2015 (London)

    Held in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network in the run-up to the UK General Election to look at national R&D strategy, the 'infrastructure' required to support a world-class innovation ecosystem for the UK, and the expectations of how this will accelerate exploitation and economic growth. Read on...

  • Other Events

    Non R&D Society events of interest to the R&D Community (click on links for more details)

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    Clean Growth and infrastructure innovation event: Clean Energy

    24 January 2019 (Harwell)

    The new EnergyTec cluster is the latest multi-disciplinary centre to emerge from the Harwell campus. This special event is a partnership between Harwell Campus, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK, and will include presentations from organisations that belong to the EnergyTec Cluster at Harwell, the proof of concept energy call and the support provided by KTN for innovation covering funding and opportunities. This is part of a much broader story of innovation and technological advancement with clean energy linking to the Government Industrial Strategy, targets for cutting emissions extending into universities and research bodies, both in the UK and globally. Details here.

    Smarter innovation for growth: a support workshop for SMEs

    19 February 2019 (Sheffield)

    Business innovation can be the taking on new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving existing services. Innovation can be the catalyst for the growth and success of business, helping to adapt and grow in the UK and global marketplace. However, knowing what support is available and how to access this can often be confusing to navigate, especially for smaller companies. Innovate UK has come together with the Sheffield City Region LEP to offer a free one day event for the South Yorkshire business community and organisations that support business innovation; to help delegates learn more about what support is out there. Details here.

    The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Industry Show case

    March 12 2019 (Manchester)

    The RAI Industry Showcase is a one-day conference, showcase and exhibition is taking place in Manchester on 12th March 2019. This new event for industry is designed to accelerate the adoption of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies (RAI) in order to stimulate business productivity. Details here

    UKSPA Birmingham 2019 - 35th Anniversary Event

    April 2-3 2019 (Birmingham)

    The Conference, Awards, Dinner, Study Tours and Exhibition will deliver an opportunity to take stock of the changes that are taking place in the sector, share good practice and also allow us to consider the future just a few days after the scheduled date for Brexit.

    The Conference Programme

    The full programme will be available shortly.

    We are pleased that Science Minister Chris Skidmore will be giving a keynote speach and he will be joined by leading figures such as Sarah Main, Executive Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and many others for the two Keynote Sessions.

    There will also be a huge choice of other sessions and the conference streams will look at some of the key challenges and opportunities for UKSPA members and other stakeholders:

    City led Innovation: delivering new research on the growth of Innovation districts and partnerships with towns and rural areas

    Clusters - rural and urban - and their developing partnerships with other Innovation providers

    Company growth from start-up to scale-up

    International experience - a new era for UK innovation locations and collaborative relationships with Europe and beyond.

    What can we learn? Sharing fresh thinking on successful projects and locations showcased by those shortlisted in the 2019 UKSPA Awards

    Innovation Places and Shared Spaces - current trends, policies and impact

    Sector Challenges - future opportunities for the innovation sector

    Other sessions will look at

    Life Science and labs facilities that foster cross-disciplinary and academia/industry communication, collaboration and innovation in university, science park and commercial/public sector research environments.

    Efficient and effective operation of laboratories and related innovation/research spaces to support creativity, productivity, resource efficiency, skills and workflows


    Further Details to Follow

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