Sci-Tech Daresbury 5/6 October 2017

Sci-Tech Daresbury 5/6 October 2017

UKSPA – October Conference

Sci-Tech Daresbury is the location for the 5/6 October UKSPA Conference.


The next UKSPA conference, hosted by Sci-Tech Daresbury, will include a tour of some of the campus’ evolving centres of excellence such as high performance computing, big data and visualisation facilities in the Hartree Centre and Virtual Engineering Centre as well as the rapid prototyping facility, the Campus Technology Hub. 

In addition to the keynote sessions, the break-out sessions will cover Industry 4.0 technologies, Science Park evolution, Research Hotels and Skills..

Download the Programme here.

Amongst the keynote speakers are:

Sherry Coutu CBE, Chair of the Scale Up Institute and author of the influential “Scale-up report on UK economic growth” (

Sherry is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities.

She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group.  

Sharon Bagshaw, Vice President - Central Government, Defence & Intelligence at IBM.

Sharon has had a varied career in the IT industry with thirty years’ experience working with clients in Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Health & Life Sciences and during the last 5 years in Public Sector.

Sharon also spent 4 years overseas in a global Senior Executive role for IBM working with a Health & Life Sciences client.

Tim Bestwick is the Executive Director of Business and Innovation and a member of the Executive Board of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. As well as being Executive Director, Tim is also Chief Executive of STFC Innovation Ltd.

He serves on the Boards of the Harwell campus joint venture, ‘Venturefest’, the Oxford-based annual innovation event and the Spectrum Board of the Rainbow Seed Fund.

Rebecca Endean, Strategy Director, UKRI. Rebecca was appointed as the Strategy Director for UK Research and Innovation in March 2017. She works with the UK Research and Innovation’s design project to develop the plans for the strategic centre. She has a particular focus on supporting the new Board and developing key functions such as analysis and communications.

The outline programme is:

Thursday 5 October morning:

• Registration Open from 10.30

• Optional study tour of the Hartree Centre, VEC and CTH at 11.00am. Limited numbers – early booking advised)

• Meeting of UK Bio incubation Forum (by invitation) at 10.30am

• Lunch from 12.00 Noon.

Thursday Afternoon sessions begin at 1.00pm

• Chairman’s welcome and UKSPA AGM 

• Overview of Sci-Tech Daresbury – Malcolm Jackson (Langtree)

• Research and Innovation Campuses: The national view - Tim Bestwick (STFC) 

• Sharon Bagshaw, IBM Research

Thursday Evening

• Coach to Park Royal Hotel at 5.15

• Drinks Reception 

• Dinner  

Friday Morning 

• Coach from Park Royal Hotel at 09.00am

• Rebeca Endea, UKRI

• Sherry Coutu, Scale-Up Institute

• Networking lunch

Parallel Sessions


1. Industry 4.0 technologies: Engaging with emerging technologies with contributions from:

• Hartree Centre and work on big data analytics and cognitive technologies/artificial intelligence (Michael Gleaves, Hartree Centre) 

• VEC – work on VR/AR technologies

The session will provide an overview for delegates of what Industry 4.0 is, and how and where companies and sectors are taking advantage of the emerging technologies that are being developed under the Industry 4.0 banner. It will talk about what the likes of the Hartree Centre and Virtual Engineering Centre are doing at Sci-Tech Daresbury to develop and apply Industry 4.0.

It will also provide some insight into how tenant companies at UKSPA member sites may be able to take advantage of Industry 4.0 technologies and capabilities.

2. Skills – challenges and opportunities with the session covering:

• Women in STEM

• Skills Factory Daresbury 

• STEM skills and apprenticeships. 

Bill Williams, Chief Executive, Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME). UK skills shortage is having a direct impact on entrepreneurs and start-up businesses ability to scale up and grow at pace: what can, and/or should, science park, incubator and innovation locations  be doing about this issue? What opportunities might exist to partner with organisations to create projects to address the skills agenda?

Catherine Johns of Business Durham and chair of the task group created by North East England Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Advisory Board will discuss the general disparity in the take-up of finance and business support between male and female entrepreneurs. The recent report concluded that that potential is not being realised for the North East’s economy and urged business support and investment professionals in the North East to make themselves aware of simple changes that could make a big difference.

Skills and expertise are the bedrock of both scientific excellence and high growth future-facing technology companies. They are also a key component in the quest for competitiveness and productivity. Sci-Tech Daresbury are developing and implementing the Skills Factory, which will holistically address the spectrum of skills required for growth. The Skills Factory will work closely with the Joint Venture to ensure that the development of the built environment addresses the needs of the science and business community. 


3. Science Park evolution: from incubation to maturity featuring case study presentations on different stages of incubator/science park development:

• Incubator/Accelerator – Setsquared Bristol

• Developing Science Park – Sci-Tech Daresbury 

• Mature Science Park – Surrey Research Park

4. Research Hotels – new opportunities for science and incubation with presentations on different initiatives to support “research hotel” concepts:

• Ned Wakeman of the Biohub at Alderley Park 

• Michael Norris – ITAC

Tobias Wingbermuehle of Clustermarket, 

Scientific equipment and facilities are expensive and often under-utilised: there is increasing pressure to create more shared use: does this create new opportunities for science parks, biotech incubators and other locations? What kinds of core facilities and equipment work best, and how can barriers to achieving them be overcome? Is there an emerging market for “Hotel” style life science facilities

All session speakers and timing are subject to change and amendment.

Register for the Conference

Conference Hotel

The Park Royal

Stretton Rd




All rooms are bookable through the Central Reservations team via email or over the telephone 0845 034 5777. Reservations are secured by debit/credit card. Guests need to advise the reservations team that they are attending the “Sci-Tech Daresbury event at The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington".

If you have yet to book your room at The Park Royal Hotel can you note that  there are no rooms now available at the special rate for the evening of Wednesday October 4th. Any people booking now will need to pay the hotel’s standard rate

Just a handful of rooms remain  at the special rate of £87 bed & Breakfast rate per single occupancy room for the night of Thursday October 5th. You will need to book these by Friday September 22nd to get this special rate and it will be on a first come/first served basis

Coach travel will be provided on Thursday evening and Friday morning to/from Sci-Tech Daresbury and the Park Royal Hotel. Premier Inn (Warrington South) Hotel is within a few minutes walk from The Park Royal.

Directions to Park Royal Hotel

About Sci-Tech Daresbury

Established in 2006, Sci-Tech Daresbury is a National Science and Innovation Campus ideally located in Cheshire between Runcorn and Warrington, Manchester Airport and Liverpool.

Managed by a joint venture involving the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Halton Borough Council, and commercial property company Langtree, it is home to the internationally-recognised STFC Daresbury Laboratory and seven university partners who have activities on site.

Over 100 technology companies are located on the site covering the biomedical/healthcare, advanced engineering/materials, and ICT sectors, from start-up companies to corporates such as IBM and Atos.

Sci-Tech Daresbury recently picked up the 2017 UKSPA award for “setting the pace” in innovation and for supporting the growth of knowledge-based firms, in addition they were also highly commended in the ‘Best Project’ award for last year’s phenomenally successful Open Week, which attracted more than 7,500 members of the public.


Cars can be left at Sci-Tech Daresbury on Thursday evening as coach travel has been organised for Thursday evening/Friday morning.

Sci-Tech Daresbury is located within easy reach of four train stations, which together provide access to both the regional and national rail networks.

Warrington Central:

Served by Northern, First TransPennine Express and East Midlands Trains, Warrington Central station provides regular services between Liverpool and Manchester.

Warrington Bank Quay:

Served by Virgin Trains, Northern and Arriva Trains Wales, Warrington Bank Quay provides access to both important local links and high speed national rail services on the West Coast Mainline.


Served by Virgin Trains and London Midland, Runcorn station sites between Liverpool and access to the south via the West Coast Mainline.

Runcorn East:

Served by Northern and Arriva Trains Wales, Runcorn East provides important links between Manchester and Chester.

Sci-Tech Daresbury is currently served by three bus services, two of which link directly into the campus and one which stops only a short walk away in Daresbury Village.

More details of travel options can be found on the Sci-Tech Daresbury Travel Hub.



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