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UKSPA February 2016 Conference Registration

UKSPA February 2016 Conference Registration

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Join UKSPA at Colworth Park (Near Bedford) on 4 and 5 February 2016

Registration is now open for the UKSPA February 2016 Conference hosted by Colworth Park, Bedford.

Information on the outline programme can be seen here. Further updates will be provided by mid December.

The programme includes sessions on

NESTA research on Social Science Parks

Regional innovation – the view from the LEP

The Business of Science Parks 

Social Enterprises: Innovation and Incubation

The future is local - Innovation audits and one nation science

Community Engagement and local stakeholders: Good Practice

Sessions Include:

Thinking differently to create local growth: Networks and Clusters

Speakers from SEMLEP will be introducing their Innovation Centre network, and describing why as a LEP they consider the centres to be so important to the local economy for both growth and inward investment, and how this is linked to their Velocity business support offering.

They will be joined by Roz Bird of Silverstone Park Innovation Centre who will talk about the high-tech Cluster Report she is heading up, how she persuaded so many local partners to come on board, and how she sees it benefiting the local area.

Social Science Parks – Society’s new super-labs

The conference will look at recent NESTA research on SPARKs: purpose-built facilities co-locating social scientists with other disciplines and collaborators from private, public and third sectors. The session will include a presentation by the reports co-author Professor Rick Delbridge who is Cardiff University’s Dean of Research, Innovation & Enterprise and the academic lead for its development of SPARK (Social Science Research Park) and co-author of the study.

Social Enterprises and Social Ventures: Innovation and Incubation 

Caroline Hyde will be one of the speakers in this session and is Director of Workspace & Enterprise Support at Allia. Caroline oversees the running of Future Business Centres in Cambridge and Peterborough and developing the business proposition for future centres in East London and beyond. 

Caroline is responsible for the overall strategy and delivery of their business support programmes including Social Incubator East and the Business Growth & Advisory Programme. The centres support social and environmental entrepreneurs and ventures to successfully develop, grow and make an impact through the provision of business support, incubation, access to finance and workspace.

Community Engagement

Colworth Park engages with the local community in many ways including by provision of shared sporting facilities and local team sponsorship.

One session will be looking at Good practice in effective community engagement with local stakeholders to deliver positive relations and to inspire future entrepreneurs and employees

Thursday Evening

Colworth Park is close to Bedford and the chosen conference hotel will be in Bedford Town Centre. Further details will be available shortly but it is expected that overnight Bed and Breakfast costs will be between £80 to £100. 

Coach travel will be arranged between Colworth and Bedford on Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The Thursday evening Reception and Dinner will be held in Central Bedford.

Full Programme

The Full programme will be produced shortly – the current outline can be downloaded here.

Introducing Colworth Park

The park is home to Unilever’s Scientific Research in discovery, central product safety, sustainability and global product development activities as well as a range of other growing organisations and academic research groups.

Colworth is an established location for scientific excellence in commercial research and development throughout the supply chain, including foundation research, prototyping and market development.

Colworth Park provides a supportive environment for open innovation where networking and collaboration are integral to the campus culture. At the Park, there is a unique range of scientific expertise and business support services for tenants and resident organisation to utilise, complemented by a wealth of onsite amenities for employees.

Find out more at http://www.colworthpark.com/

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