Spring Online Members' Conference

Thursday 18th March and Friday 19th March 2021



UKSPA gathered virtually on Thursday 18th March and Friday 19th March 2021. The two-day member drop-in conference provided a timely opportunity to consider in more detail a number of critical issues and the implications for the sector.  Looking at the opportunities facing us now, as well as mid and long-term, that will help shape innovation and drive sustainable growth.

The themes running through the two-day conference included:

Sustainability: Discussing sustainable development in all its forms and the challenge of zero-carbon transformation.

Investment and growth: Current trends and developments for science and innovation locations in town and country.

Building Better Businesses: Sharing good practice on incubation, bio-incubation and business acceleration.

The New Office: What will be the future requirements for office-based companies?

Exploring the new laboratory: laboratory operation, future design and environment.


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Plenary speakers included :

Rosalind Lowe, National Centre for Universities and Business.

Dr Bryony Butland, UKRI

Dom Hallas, The Coalition for a Digital Economy

Session speakers included:

Jane Galsworthy, Oxford Innovation Services

Martino Picardo, Discovery Park

Henry Whorwood, Beauhurst

John Willis, MMU

Miranda Knaggs, BioCity Group

Professor John French, Cambridge Innovation Park

Gary Clark, HOK

Chris Walters, JLL

Fiona Godwin, EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education

Simon Bond, SETsquared Partnership

Tim Fry, Arup

Ian McFarlane-Toms, University of Warwick Science Park

Andrew Carter, Centre for Cities

Jon Roylance, ADP Architecture

Matthew Butler, AECOM