UKSPA Conference - Swansea Jan 2018

UKSPA Conference - Swansea Jan 2018

The programme: The programme can be downloaded here.

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The conference looked at a range of collaborative projects and partnerships and the lessons that can be learned and applied in other areas including:

The offiicial launch of Building Clusters and Innovation Capacity Launch of  Bucanier (Building Clusters and Networks in Innovation Enterprise and Research project).


DAY 1: Thursday 24 January

Plenary session

Part one slides including:

Part two slides including:

Parallel sessions

1 UK Science and Innovation Parks

 Partnership and Opportunity

Current issues for UK and Ireland including:

Knowledge Quarters and Areas of Innovation: The Science Park Opportunity, Chris Musson (Chief Executive, Liverpool Science Park)

Tech Cities: Location matters to a workforce of millennials, Paul Tostevin (Associate Director, Savills World Research)·   

2 Incubating the next generation of innovators

The contribution of UK universities, (Joint session with Enterprise Educators UK), Kate Beresford (Enterprise Educators UK), Jonathan Powell (Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services, Lancaster University), Linsey Cole (Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Day 2: Friday 25 January

Plenary sessions

Current issues in Innovation, Dr Jon Wood (Innovate UK)             

Innovation in the Heart of Wales, Rhian Hayward (AIEC, Chief Executive)

Innovation in Financing Wales, Dr Richard Thompson (Senior Investment Executive, Development Bank of Wales)

Innovation by Collaboration: CALIN, Professor Steve Conlan (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Swansea Medical School)

Innovation by Collaboration: The last word, Huw Watkins (Managing Director, BIC Innovation)

Parallel sessions

3 M-Sparc and Exeter Science Park: Development and Delivery

Menai Science Park Ltd (M-SParc), Ieuan Wyn Jones (Director, M-SParc)

Sally Basker (CEO, Exeter Science Park)

4 Incubation Session

Justin John (Cardiff Medicentre)

Caroline Gray (Optic Technology Centre)

5 Data Matters

The Computational Foundry, Dr Matthew Roach and Bob Laramee

The Farr Institute, Dr Richard Fry, Ms Angharad Walters, and Dr Dora Pouliou