The Royal Society of Chemistry is hosting a forum to discuss science, innovation and the UK research budget, and to assess whether the government is doing enough to ensure the UK remains a world leader in science and research.
The Policy-UK forum, which takes place on 25th February 2016, will discuss some of the key barriers to research and innovation, as well as how to attract more private investment in R&D.
The forum will also look at some of the deterrents to collaboration with business – particularly the replacement of existing Innovate UK grants with loans as announced in the Spending Review - but also how successful the recommendations from the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaboration have been so far in encouraging commercialisation of research.
Other key areas for discussion will be the outcomes and recommendations from the recent Nurse Review and the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into the Science Budget, as well as looking forward to their implementation and impact.
Keynote speakers include Dr Deborah Buckley-Golder, Head of Research Engagement, Innovate UK; Dr Phil Heads, Associate Director, Strategy and Evidence, Natural Environment Research Council; and Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE.
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