‘If We Build It…’

    An R&D Society event

    19:00, Wednesday 29 April 2015

    Congress Centre, central London


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

    An R&D Society event in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network

    In the run up to the UK General Election we are holding an event 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.


    We will focus on some of the larger infrastructure activities that have been taking place such as the Catapult Centres, as well as other centres such as Materials Innovation Factory at Liverpool University, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre.


    However the overall purpose of the event – which is run in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) – is broader in understanding UK R&D priorities around knowledge transfer, skills supply and competitiveness, so we anticipate a wider discussion around effective and sustainable innovation.


    ‘If we build it… will more innovations come?’


    [Image: Researchers at Catapult Therapy TCR working on T-cell receptors (CC BY 3.0 © 2014 Professional Images {UK} Ltd)]



  • Timings

    18.00 Registration (coffee and tea on arrival)
    19.00 Welcome and introduction: Dr Iain Simpson, Chair of the R&D Society
    19:05 Panel chair and panel introductions by Will Hutton 
    19:10 Presentations: Hermann Hauser; Matt Reed; Keith Ridgway; Uday Phadke
    20:20 Panel Discussion with Q&A from the floor
    21:00 Drinks reception


    The event takes place at: 


    Congress Centre
    28 Great Russell Street 
    London WC1B 3LS 

    +44 20 7467 1318


    See venue location map (below). The venue is close to Tottenham Court Road tube station, and is well served by buses that stop on Tottenham Court Road or New Oxford Street. 


    Further travel information on the Congress Centre site


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    The event will be recorded in audio and video for public consumption


    Free WiFi is available at Congress Centre

  • Speakers

    We are delighted to have as chair Will Hutton who will be joined by distinguished panel including: 

    Dr Hermann Hauser

    Dr Hermann Hauser, KBE, CBE  FRS FREng FInstP is director of Amadeus Capital Partners. He has founded or co-founded companies in a wide range of technology sectors, which include Acorn Computers, Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel, and Cambridge Network Limited. He is currently a non-executive director of XMOS, a company that is revolutionising re-configurable silicon chips; Tobii, the world leader in eye tracking and gaze detection; Plastic Logic, the first company to commercialise flexible plastic transistors; and Cambridge Broadband Networks, a leader in point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul products. In 2004 he was made a member of the UK government’s Council for Science & Technology. In 2010 he was commissioned by government to make recommendations for a new approach to investments in technology and innovation centres which could deliver a step change in the UK’s ability to commercialise its research; this report lead to the creation of the Catapult Centres, and in 2014 he conducted a follow-up review


    Matt Reed, Unilever

    Matt Reed is Senior Open Innovation Director at Unilever, based the North-West, where he develops quantitative tools for scientific research and product development for the commercialisation of inventions and know-how through creating new businesses. He specialises in open innovation; data driven science, technology and business; leading creative technical professionals; strategic direction of government-funded research programs; and the development and exploitation of intellectual property as a business asset. He was co-founder and director of Spiral Scratch, which developed technology to make electronic games, and is cited as co-inventor on a number of patent filings. 


    Professor Keith Ridgway, University of Sheffield AMRC

    Professor Keith Ridgway, FREng CBE, is Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing. He worked in industry before moving to academia in 1980, joining the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 1988, and becoming Professor of Design and Manufacture in 1997. He worked with local businessman Adrian Allen to launch the AMRC with Boeing in 2001, and in 2009 helped launch the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. He became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006.

    @Fettercairn1824 @theamrc

    Uday Phadke, Cartezia and AcceleratorIndia

    Uday Phadke is CEO of Cartezia and AcceleratorIndia. He is focused on creating and executing custom-built strategies for leading music, newspaper and TV groups; retailers; companies in computing, telecommunications and consumer electronics; and financial services organisations. Amongst others, he has worked with AT&T, Atex, BBC, Bear Stearns, BT, Burda, Cable & Wireless, Canon, Disney, EMAP, Getty Images, Hearst, ICL, Intel, Kodak, Microsoft, NatWest, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scottish Telecom, Reed-Elsevier, Trinity-Mirror, United News and Media and Viacom. He has also been involved in the nurturing of several start-ups, including Orchestream, PlanetRecruit and dezineforce. He was a Founder-Director of the Generics Group, a Cambridge-based high-technology company that develops innovative products and services for a wide range of international companies.  Previously he was in the Systems Group at PA Consulting, from which he went on to be Director of the Computing and Telecommunications business in Europe. Uday graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, with a degree in Engineering, after which he worked in the engineering and aerospace industries in the UK and USA. Following his PhD he took up a Research Fellowship at the University of Sussex, before joining Smith Associates in 1983, where he developed digital imaging technologies for television. 




    Will Hutton, chair

    Will Hutton is a political economist, writer and journalist; he is chair of the Big Innovation Centre and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford; his most recent book is 'How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country’ (2015)


  • Event supporters

    This is event is kindly supported by

    The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

    KTN is the UK’s Innovation Network. It connects people to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas, established by Innovate UK. Read on... 



    Lucideon is a leading international provider of materials development, testing and assurance. Read on... 


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