Innovation, trends and opportunities.
As well as looking at the drivers for Oxford’s knowledge economy, the conference is likely to consider current national trends for the science and innovation sector as well as sessions on innovation and business support for SME’s, bio-incubation good practice, supporting life science SME’s as well as keynote and discussion sessions.
The conference will consider future trends and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, soft landing strategies, scale up’s and business growth and much more.
It will provide an opportunity to catch up on the changes taking place in the sector, consider recent developments – nationally and internationally – and discuss the opportunities that these offer.
As always, the UKSPA event provides a mix of strategic discussions and the sharing of good practice in operating, developing and sustaining innovation locations and their occupiers. The conference also provides networking opportunities for UKSPA members and those with an interest in the development and growth of the UK innovation and technology sector.
In the late 1950’s the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) identified Culham as a suitable site for the construction of a brand new purpose built laboratory for plasma physics and fusion research. Construction of Culham Laboratory started in the early 1960’s and was officially opened in 1965 and this research programme continues today through Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) to create clean, sustainable energy sources for future generations.
2016 was a year for new beginnings. UKAEA branched out into two new exciting business areas both housed in bespoke new buildings on site : Materials Research Facility (MRF) established to analyse material properties in support of both fission and fusion research. It is part of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) initiative, launched by the Government and funded by EPSRC, to set up a multi-site programme giving academia and industry access to internationally-leading experimental equipment and Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) – a new facility at Culham Science Centre – building on UKAEAs expertise in remote handling from operating JET. It will offer access to industry and academia to state-of-the-art testing facilities, remote handling equipment and expertise to design, implement and operate complete robotic and autonomous solutions.
Culham Science Centre continues to invest heavily by offering apprenticeships in mechanical engineering and advanced skills. The site now comprises of a cosmopolitan community of people, attracting diverse science and technology based businesses
The Centre accommodates companies ranging from start-up/virtual serviced offices via the Culham Innovation Centre, through to laboratories/offices for mid to large organisations.
Taking place within The Culham Conference Centre, The UKSPA main sessions will be held in the John Adams Lecture Theatre whilst other sessions will take place in adjacent meeting rooms, the centre is also has ample networking facilities in open foyer areas.
We thank The Culham Science and Conference Centres for offering to host the event and we look forward to welcoming you.
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