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UKSPA online member conference: Thursday 9 July – Friday 10 July 2020

July 9 - July 10

The two day member drop-in conference will provide a timely opportunity to consider in more detail a number of critical issues and the implications for the sector.  We will look at the opportunities both in the mid and long-term, that will shape innovation and drive sustainable growth post the Covid-19 crisis.

Register for the individual sessions listed below that you wish to attend 



Thursday 9 July 11.00-12.00: Digital infrastructure for a changing workplace

Chair: Bob Cushing, Bridgefibre, Changes to how services are delivered in the current environment

Steve Masters, JISC- Digital workplaces and digitally powered people

Richard Morris,technologywithin/Robin Chave, University of Southampton Science Park-  Future proofing connectivity: A case study with Southampton Science Park’

Justin Harley, Yardi Systems – An integrated approach to digital property management 

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Thursday 9 July 13.00-14.00: Investment Trends

Chair: Sally Ann Forsyth, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

Henry Whorwood, Beauhurst, Innovative businesses in the time of Covid

Chris Walters, JLL, – Investment Trends, Opportunities and Drivers

Alan Watts, Director of Funding, Catalyst Inc

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Thursday 9 July 2020. 14.30 – 15.30: Sustainability – Future Labs, workplaces and the Zero Carbon Challenge

Chair; Bob Cushing, Director, UKSPA

Gary Clark, HOK- RIBA 2030 Challenge: Road Map to Net Zero Carbon Research Buildings

Tim Fry, Arup- Journey towards a net zero carbon laboratory 

Matthew Butler, Aecom, Lessons learnt from a zero carbon laboratory

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Friday 10 July 10.00 -11.00: Gender diversity in STEM 

Chair: Catherine Johns, UKSPA Companion Member

Stefanie  Thorne, University of Suffolk – Female Entrepreneurship and COVID 19: Challenge and Opportunity

Ruth Blanco, WISE Campaign

Kath Mackay, Alderley Park

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Friday 10 July 2020.  14.30 – 15.45 Looking Forward: Science Parks and Innovation Locations.

What will be the role of science park’s and Innovation locations  in “The New Normal”

Chair: Jo Stevens, Oxford Innovation

Phil Kemp, Bruntwood SciTech

Martino Picardo, Discovery Park, Kent

Harry Farmer, NESTA

Nick Sturge, MBE, UKSPA Honorary Member


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