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R&D and the Comprehensive Spending Review

September 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


24th September – R&D and the Comprehensive Spending Review:  12-1.30 PM

The Chancellor’s announcements made in the 2020 Budget set out record spending – rising to £22 billion a year by 2024/5 – to help position the UK as a  science and innovation superpower, and were widely welcomed across the R&D landscape as an effective means of boosting and levelling-up economic growth.

In the spirit of “Building back better” post-pandemic, the science and innovation community is eager to see the government deliver on these commitments and reflect R&D as a priority area in the forthcoming 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review by retaining the levels of research activity pledged to our publicly funded institutions, as well as investing more in development activities and innovation.

This joint webinar from AIRTO and UKSPA will provide an opportunity for dialogue on a number of crucial issues relating to lifting investment in R&D. Leading speakers from within the R&D ecosystem will discuss how we can stimulate R&D for a greener, cleaner and sustainable future post Covid-19.

Chair: Steve Yianni, Vice President, AIRTO


James Tooze, Policy Officer, Campaign for Science & Engineering

James joined CaSE in July 2017, he is directly involved in all aspects of CaSE’s policy work. Prior to joining, James worked as a Policy Researcher for the Society of Chemical Industry. He studied for an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, before completing a Masters in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh.

Lee Hopley, Deputy Director for Research Partnerships, Enterprise Research Centre

Lee is Deputy Director for Research Partnerships at the ERC, and is responsible for project managing and delivering the flow of research commissioned by partners on small businesses and entrepreneurship. She also works as a consultation with organisations to develop evidence and policy research on issues covering innovation and finance. Lee’s career has focused on understanding business performance and the impact of policy on decision-making and outcomes, she was previously Chief Economist at EEF, the manufactures’ organisation (now Make UK).

Dan Cochlin, Head of External Affairs, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Daniel Cochlin is the Head of External Affairs for the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the organisation bringing together the business and civic leaders of the North with the ultimate objective of rebalancing the economy and creating opportunities for the people of the Northern Powerhouse. His role involves working with the North’s leading employers, Government, elected mayors and a wide range of stakeholders to build consensus on improving key areas of policy, including transport, education, skills and productivity. He is a regular commentator on Northern issues on national and regional media. Prior to this role, Daniel was Head of Communications for Advanced Materials at The University of Manchester, responsible for establishing a compelling narrative around graphene and other innovation

Colette Cohen, CEO, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for the OGTC, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to enable the Oil and Gas industry to transition to a net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands before joining the OGTC. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University.

She is the Chair of the National Composites Centre and sits on the boards of OPITO, NORECO and the Lloyds Advisory Board. She is also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland, a Trustee for Springer Rescue for Scotland and an ambassador for Powerful Women. Colette is an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.

Iain Simpson, Chairman, R&D Society 

Iain is Chairman of the R&D Society, an organisation founded in 1962 that focuses on making the UK the best environment for research and development.

He has more than 30-years track of experience in multi-disciplinary technology and product development including business development, project management and technology assessment in US and European markets, the last 20 years of which has been gained in the use of devices and digital technologies to create product differentiation, improve patient engagement and better measure clinical outcomes in real world settings

He has a degree in Physics, a PhD in experimental solid-state physics both from UCL and also an MBE in Technology Management from the Open University.   He has published several papers, chaired and presented at several international conferences on healthcare technology, technology licensing and digital health.



September 24, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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