CIMR: Innovation and the UK’s Industrial Strategy: How did we get here?

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Birkbeck University of London

Malet Street

Main Building, Room B04

London, England WC1E 7HX

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On November 27th 2017 the UK government published its White Paper on the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The purpose of this workshop is to consider both the implications of the thinking that led to the formulation of this strategy and the possible intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of the strategy. It will build on an earlier workshop on related themes being organised by Professor Slavo Radosevic on February 23 at UCL with Birkbeck input – programme to follow.

The workshop will be in two parts. The first will analyse the content of the White Paper, (or the Green Paper) plus the debate around this since its publication. This part will consist of contributions from BEIS and who will comment directly on this. Speakers include academics who have made major independent contributions.

The second part of the workshop will be around selected themes of relevance to the Industrial Strategy focusing on innovation. These are four of the challenges addressed by the Green Paper:

  • R&D support/Investing in science, research and innovation
  • Encouraging trade and inward investment
  • Implications for regional inequality/driving growth across the country
  • Implications for training and skill formation/developing skills


Morning session:

10-am Keynote introduction to the issues - Paul Drabwell, Innovation and Place section, BEIS -

10.30-10.55 Professor Keith Smith, Imperial

10.55-11.20 Dr Rosa Fernandez, BEIS “The role of Place in the Industrial Strategy”

11.20-11.40 coffee break

11.40-12.05 Professor Birgitte Anderson, Big Innovation Centre

12.05 12.20 Professor Tim Vorley – Sheffield University/Innovation Caucus

12.20 - 12.45 Professor Klaus Nielsen, Birkbeck

12.45- 1.45 lunch

Afternoon session:

1.45-2.15 Dr Carl Hunter CEO & Managing Director, Coltraco Ultrasonics LimitedExporting & Innovation are Great – You Can Too”

2.15- 2.40 Professor Jeremy Howells “R&D support/Investing in science, research and innovation”

2.40-3.05 Professor Ewart Keep, SKOPE, Oxford University Skills

3.05-3.30 Rupert Waters and Helen Lawton Smith – “Implications for regional inequality/Driving growth across the country”

3.30 – 4pm coffee break

16:00-17:00 final panel: Comparative perspectives on UK industrial strategy – Chair Professor Roy Sandbach

Professor Asa Lindholm Dahlstrand – Lund University, Sweden, Dr Alexander Grous, LSE, Professor Slavo Radosevic, UCL, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, SUNY Buffalo

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Birkbeck University of London

Malet Street

Main Building, Room B04

London, England WC1E 7HX

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