The Business of Science Conference 2020
Celebrating the Commercialisation of Science
Learn About Great Science. Connect with Great People. Develop Great Business.
The Business of Science Conference 2020 will be held at Millennium Point, Birmingham on Thursday 21st May 2020.
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The Business of Science Leadership Award
Celebrating outstanding leadership in business and science
The Business of Science Thought Leadership Events
Discussing key topics related to the Commercialisation of Science.Learn More
The Business of Science Innovation Awards
Solving problems through science
About The Business of Science Conference
Science and the commercialisation of science continue to be fundamental to the economic growth of the UK and its economy. Following previous successful years in Manchester (2016 & 2017), Liverpool (2018) and Leeds (2019), the Business of Science conference will be moving to Birmingham in 2020 to highlight that City and the wider region’s successful role in the development of ground-breaking science, innovation and invention.
The BEIS-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit for the West Midlands acknowledges it to be the single largest economic area in England outside of London, and home to some of the country’s leading science and innovation assets. Despite the many strengths of the West Midlands economy, productivity performance is persistently below the national average and there is a need to drive this upwards through the successful commercialisation of new products and services developed within the strong research landscape of Universities, Technology Parks and advanced manufacturing and engineering expertise. With increasing investment into STEM and the drive to increase relevant skills, this is a perfect time to welcome the conference to this fast-developing Region where the relationship between Science, Innovation, Business and Skills will be discussed.
Learn. Connect. Develop.
Commercialisation of Science
The Commercialisation of Science is the key overriding theme of the Conference. For many years, the UK has been challenged about developing great science, but not then driving commercial exploitation of new innovations and inventions.
From the first conference in Manchester in 2016, the Business of Science has sought to encourage debate, discussion and the demonstration of great examples of where science has been developed for commercial and societal benefit to deliver economic impact across the UK.
From the development of Advanced Materials to the use of new technologies such as AI and VR to improve the results of pioneering surgery, and through the associated Leadership Awards, the pre-conference Dinner, regular Thought Leadership Dinners and 2019’s new Innovation Awards, the Business of Science continues to be at the forefront of the UK’s drive to deliver on the “Commercialisation of Science”.
Science underpins life
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 others, connect with both people and businesses and offer the opportunity to develop great businesses.
Great Ideas Come from Everywhere
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.
Drive to encourage STEM
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.
“There has been a really strong focus on climate change and sustainability at this year's conference. It's excellent that we’re recognising the issues that face us as businesses in science and trying to do something about it with the power that we have as a community.”
Dr Jaclyn BellImperial College London
“The education strand that runs throughout the conference and specifically the STEM careers session for schools enables children to get another perspective of what it means to work in Science. That it's not all white lab coats and sitting at a bench doing chemistry lab work - you can work in Finance in the Chemical industry or train to be an Astronaut.”
Dr Leigh Hoath,Senior Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University
Celebrating four years of The Business of Science
Through the consistent theme of the “Commercialisation of Science”, the Business of Science Conference has developed from a single event exploring the relationship between Science, Innovation, Skills and economic or societal growth to a series of events which have developed an engaged, fully-networked community who support each other to maximise the benefits that can be delivered from and into their chosen sectors
Developed from a series of small networking events held across the North-West of England, the inaugural conference was held at Manchester’s Science & Industry Museum as a lead-in to the ESOF Conference and Manchester being the European City of Science.Look back at 2016
Returning to Manchester and SIM, conference attendees heard from 30+ speakers and contributors covering commercial scale-up, the relationship between Universities & Industry and developing Great Science facilities, as well as panel discussions covering Innovation in Engineering and the Academic, Technical, and Leadership Development of SkillsLook back at 2017
Highlighting the science and innovation of Liverpool City region and the Knowledge Quarter, circa 200 attendees heard from 35 speakers covering Science and productivity, research and development, legislation, the business of innovation and breakout sessions including science made smarter, formulation and the science of health. A career session for 40+ 16-18-year-old students also provided an opportunity for them to attend and fully engage with the day.Look back at 2018
In a conscious move to further widen the scope and audience of the conference, the 2019 event was held in Leeds to celebrate the Science, Innovation and strengths of the wider Yorkshire and Humber region. In addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing, the conference explored STEM, Diversity and Education, the commercialisation of 2D materials, Water as a precious resource, Sustainability and Society and the business and science of Formula 1®Look back at 2019
The Business of Science Survey Report
As the discussion and debate around the conference key theme of “the commercialisation of science” has developed, several key questions and topics have emerged. This survey, undertaken at the 2018 Business of Science Conference held in Liverpool, explores those areas to provide further informed understanding of key themes for future examination.DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
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