2015 Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence
Professor Gerry McKenna will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence’ conference to be held at the America Square Conference Centre, London on 10 December 2015.
The Summit which is an Open Forum Event will support universities and research institutions in their strategies to achieve excellence in research and to deliver economic growth on an institutional, local and international level.
These are the core themes outlined in the Government’s ‘Our Plan for Growth: Science and Innovation’ paper, which sets out £5.9bn of capital to support scientific excellence. The review stresses the importance of research achieving excellence and the need to operate at a quickening pace and show agility to seize new opportunities. The importance of place is also recognised with continued investment in elite technology and innovation centres. The modern demand for openness and engagement is also key with HEFCE considering how to reward open data as part of the future REF assessments. The need to foster higher levels of collaboration between disciplines, sectors, institutions, people and countries is fundamental to boosting competiveness and productivity. The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations details further recommendations to support relationships between UK businesses and university researchers by reducing complexity. The UK has historically invested less in research and development than competitor nations so capitalising on its cutting edge research base is critical to our future prosperity and meeting societal challenges.
The conference will explore how to keep the UK’s research base at the cutting edge of world science outlining how to nurture scientific talent, support research excellence, forge strategic partnerships and catalyse innovation.
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