About the Business of Science conference

Science and the commercialisation of science continues to be fundamental to the economic growth of the North and the UK economy.  Following 2 successful years in Manchester, the Business of Science conference will be moving to Liverpool on the 17th May 2018 to highlight that City and the wider region’s successful role in the development of ground-breaking innovation and invention. 

From finding worldwide cures for Malaria, the development of advanced materials, supporting the investigation of new formulations to combat the commercial pressure of material availability, along with leadership in Sensors, IoT and Industrial Strategy, Liverpool has much to showcase.  And with the development of ground-breaking partnerships as exemplified by the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter, this is a perfect time to welcome the conference to this ‘place-making’ environment where the relationship between Science, Innovation, Business and Skills will be discussed. 

Science

Science underpins so much of what we do, how we do it, where we do it and why? The Business of Science conference will explore some of these areas with a combination of presentations, panel discussions, breakout and interactive sessions. These will provide the opportunity to learn from othersconnect with both people and businesses and offer the opportunity to develop great businesses. 

Innovation

Great ideas come from many different backgrounds, theories and discussions. What they all have in common is the drive of the individual or group involved to make them successful for reasons of scientific breakthrough, a development of a previous innovation or something completely novel.  The commercial success of these ideas can either encourage or discourage the idea to be taken forward. The Business of Science conference will highlight examples of success and explore how this can be supported with real-life examples of achievement. 

Skills

The drive to encourage the ongoing development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills is never ending. What is certain is that these subjects can lead to great work opportunities, economic development and are essential to underpin great science, great innovation and commercial success. The Business of Science conference will again discuss the various routes to gain and develop these skills through academic, technical and leadership development, as well as holding a dedicated careers session for students. 

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Join the industry’s top thought leaders and influencers across a wide range of specialisms and sectors.

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Join the industry’s top thought leaders and influencers across a wide range of specialisms and sectors.

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Managing Director, Business of Science

Steve Bennett

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Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE

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Commercial Director, BASF UK/Ireland

Darren Budd

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Partner at Eversheds

Elizabeth Shepherd

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Member of Fine Chemicals Group, Society of Chemical Industry

Al Dossetter

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Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory Congleton

Andrew Peters

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Director Of Communications, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Rosa Wilkinson

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Chief Scientist, Victrex

John Grasmeder

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Supply Chain Demand Planner, The Dow Chemical Company

Stephen Donnelly

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Quality Assurance Manager, Fine Decor Wallcoverings

Alison Henshaw

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Managing Director at Active Profile

Anna Heyes

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Executive director, Sensor City

Alison Mitchell

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CEO, ChargePoint Technology Ltd

Chris Eccles

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Chief Executive, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool

Colin Sinclair

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Head of Hartree Centre Chemistry and Materials Programme at STFC

Richard Anderson

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Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region

Steve Rotheram

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Partner, Transaction Services, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Philip Grindley

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Director – Catalyst Science Discovery Centre & Museum

Jayne Edwards

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Science & Industry Business Leader at Arup

Andy Pennington

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Owner, Forward Ladies

Griselda Togobo

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Membership Engagement Director, North at EEF Ltd

Richard Halstead

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Partner, Pannone Corporate LLP

Amy Chandler

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Partner, Pannone Corporate LLP

Melanie McGuirk

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Managing Director, The Skills and Growth Company

Julian Cobley

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Senior Software Engineer, Science and Technology Facilities Council

David Meredith

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Technical Specialist, William Blythe Limited

Jennifer Peake

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Space and Physics Project Manager, The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and trainee Astronaut

Dr Jaclyn Bell

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Mechanical Technician specialising in Vacuum and Magnet technology, UKRI

Luke Bladen

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering, University of Liverpool

Professor Ken Badcock

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Head of Public Engagement with Research, University of Leeds

Alexa Ruppertsberg

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General Manager, Innovation, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Jason Taylor

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Graphic Designer, Author of Apollo

Zack Scott

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2018

conference agenda

    • 08:00 – 09:00     Registration, Breakfast & Networking
    • 09:00 – 09:15     Steve Bennett, Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd, Welcome, ‘Housekeeping’ and opening address
    • 09:15 – 09:35     Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool,  Welcome to Liverpool, Liverpool as a Centre for Science
    • 09:35 – 09:55     Darren Budd, Commercial Director UK & Ireland, BASF, Headline Sponsor’s message – Changing times, the importance of science, Productivity and support for the conference
    • 09:55 – 10:20    Jonathan Hague, Chair – Liverpool LEP Innovation Board and Vice President R&D Homecare Discover – Unilever.
    • 10:20 – 10:45    Elizabeth Sheppard, Partner, Eversheds, Science, regulation and Brexit
    • 10:45 – 11:15     Coffee Break
    • 11:15 – 12:45     Breakout Sessions

    Science Made Smarter; The use of Sensors and IoT to accelerate automation and productivity

    Andrew Peters – Siemens, Congleton

    Alison Mitchell – Sensor City, Liverpool

    Rosa Wilkinson – Advanced Manufacturing Catapult

            Richard Halstead – EEF

    Accelerating Product and Process development – Manufacturing / Formulation / High-speed Data

    Jonathan Hague – Unilever

    Ken Badcock – University of Liverpool

    Richard Anderson – STFC, Hartree Centre

            Andy Clifton – Technical Director – Inks and Fluids at Domino Printing

    The communication and image of science – STEM attraction & business engagement

    Julian Cobley – Skills and Growth Company

            Anna Heyes – Active Profile

    Griselda Togobo – Forward Ladies

    Alexa Ruppertsberg – University of Leeds

    • 12:45 – 13:45     Lunch & Networking
    • 13:45 – 14:00    Welcome back by Steve Bennett
    • 14:00 – 14:25    Zack Scott, Graphic Designer and Author of “Apollo”
    • 14:25 – 14:45     John Grasmeder, Chief Scientist, Victrex,  The Business of Innovation
    • 14:30 – 16:00     ** Stand-alone session for student attendees ** Careers in Science – Jayne Edwards, Stephen Donnelly, Alison Henshaw, Dr Jaclyn Bell, Luke Bladen, Jennifer Peake
    • 14:45 – 16:00     Breakout Sessions

    The Science of Health

            Dr Jason Taylor – Alder Hey Innovation Hub

            Dave Meredith – Hartree

    Al Dossetter – Medchemica Ltd

            Chris Eccles –  Chargepoint

    Science and place-making

    Andy Pennington – ARUP

    Colin Sinclair – Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool

    John Adlen – Cheshire Science Corridor

    Innovation, IP and Sustainability

    Philip Grindley – Grant Thornton

            Amy Chandler – Pannone Corporate

            Melanie McGuirk – Pannone Corporate

    • 16:00 – 16:20     Steve Rotheram, Mayor Liverpool City Region
    • 16:20 – 16:30     Steve Bennett, Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd   Conference overview and closing remarks
    • 16:30- 18:00       Networking and Drinks – sponsored by Pannone Corporate

  • Early-bird Offer
  • £115/ + VAT
    • No longer available – offer expired 31/12/2017

    • Refreshments
    • Breakfast
    • Conference resources
    • Lunch
    • End-of-conference drinks. 
    • Excludes accommodation, travel and parking 

  • New Year Price
  • £140/ + VAT
    • No longer available – offer expired 31/03/18

    • Refreshments
    • Breakfast
    • Conference resources
    • Lunch
    • End-of-conference drinks. 
    • Excludes accommodation, travel and parking 

  • Conference Price
  • £175/ + VAT
    • Full price from 01/04/18 to 17/05/18

    • Refreshments
    • Breakfast
    • Conference resources
    • Lunch
    • End-of-conference drinks. 
    • Excludes accommodation, travel and parking 

THE VENUE

The Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

The Business of Science conference will take place at The Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. Situated in the center of the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex, this Liverpool hotel’s location provides easy access to transport links

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OUR PARTNERS

Business Of Science Leadership Award

Following the successful launch in 2017, the Business of Science Leadership Award will again be given to pay tribute to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in an area of science and innovation.  A separate “Special Recognition” award will also be given to someone from the wider region whose work in science and innovation has resulted in significant commercial impact.

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REPORT

The business of Science Survey Report 2017

At the 2017 Business of Science conference, held in Manchester on 18th May at the Museum of Science & Industry, delegates were invited to take part in the inaugural “Business of Science Survey”.

100 delegates completed the survey and the results of their answers are now available in the inaugural Survey Report.

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Contact Us

Call Business of Science on 0161 246 6443 for further information.