27 March 2014, London
This annual seminar is a timely opportunity to discuss the latest developments in research and innovation policy. Sessions will include discussion of funding arrangements for research, including attracting EU funding, the commercial 'impact' element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the effectiveness of R&D tax credits. Priorities for Government investment in science will also be discussed, in light of the planned increase set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into scientific infrastructure - published in November.
The conference will also include focus on steps to improve the commercialisation of UK research including the impact of Catapult Centres - Government-funded hubs bringing together business and universities on particular fields of research - so far and the next steps for the Centres. Delegates are expected to include key policymakers from across Government and Parliament with representatives from Research Councils and other funding bodies, and key stakeholders from universities, learned societies and industry.