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.

About The Business of Science Conference

Science and the commercialisation of science continues 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.

Headline Sponsor

BASF Headline sponsor

When

21st May 2020

8 am - 6 pm

Where

Millennium Point

Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Our Sponsors

Pricing

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 Bell
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Imperial College London

Tickets

£160 + VAT advance tickets
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
  • Course Resources
  • Post Conference Drinks
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Our Speakers

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

Steve Bennett
Steve Bennett
Managing Director, Founder & Business of Science Ltd
Ian-Campbell
Ian Campbell
Executive Chair at Innovate UK
Harry-Swan
Harry Swan
CEO & Owner at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd
Felicity-Burch
Felicity Burch
Director of Innovation and Digital at CBI
Geoff Mackey
Dr. Geoff Mackey
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF
vonne-Baker
Yvonne Baker
Chief Executive, STEM Learning Ltd
James Claverley
James Claverley
National Physical Laboratory
Charlotte Lewis
Lawyer, Mills & Reeve
Alice-Lyons
Alice Lyons
Founder and Director Dark Coffee
Andy-Clifton
Dr Andy Clifton
Technical Director, Domino UK
Kevin Hudson
Sales and Marketing Director, William Blythe Limited
James Baker
CEO Graphene@Manchester, The University of Manchester
Rosi-Lister
Rosi Lister
Chief Executive, We are IVE
Liran Maller
Group Director of Human Resources, 2M Holdings
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London
Hallam-Wheatley
Hallam Wheatley
Research Chemist, SABIC
Dr Martin Stow
Director, Nexus Ltd
Eileen Donnelly
Trainer – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
Dayne Fletcher
Production Manager, Inktech Ltd.
Sarah Behenna
 Engagement Manager, WISE
HalimatuAbubakar
Halimatu Abubakar
Future Leadership Graduate & WISE Young Professional Member
Rowan Conway
Head of Mission Oriented Innovation Network at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Dr. Cristina Vasilica, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer in Digital Health and Society
Dr Leigh Hoath
Dr Leigh Hoath
Senior Lecturer, Science Education, Leeds Trinity University
Dr Lopa Patel
Chair of Diversity UK
Dr Maria Stukoff
Director, Maker Space

The Agenda

08:00 – 09:00
Registration, Breakfast & Networking.
09:00 – 09:15
Welcome to BoSC20 & Housekeeping - Steve Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
09:15 – 09:35
Welcome to Birmingham, Birmingham as a Centre for Science & Innovation
Senior regional leader (invited)
09:35 – 09:55
Headline Sponsor, BASF – “The Commercial Future for Science and Innovation”
Dr Geoff Mackey, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF
09:55 – 10:15
“The Commercialisation of Innovation”
Ian Campbell, Executive Chair – InnovateUK
10:15 – 10:40

“Sustainability – the future agenda”

Harry Swan, Managing Director, Thomas Swan Ltd
10:40 – 11:00

“Innovation and the future of Business” Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation, CBI

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break and networking
11:30 - 12:45
Three Parallel Breakout Sessions
 
STEM Skills
 
Dr Geoff Mackey – BASF (Session Facilitator)
Liran Maler - 2M Holdings
Yvonne Baker - STEM Learning
Dr Leigh Hoath – Leeds Trinity University

Sarah Behenna – WISE

 

The Science of Wellbeing

James Claverley – National Physical Laboratory

Charlotte Lewis – Mills and Reeve
Alice Lyons – Dark Coffee
Eileen Donnelly - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
 
The use of Advanced Materials to support Sustainability
 
Dr. Andy Clifton - DominoUK
Kevin Hudson – William Blythe Ltd
  • James Baker, CEO of the GEIC
To Be Confirmed
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch and Networking
BoS Innovation Award Finalists entries viewed over lunch by attendees.
13:45 - 14:00
Welcome back by Steve Bennett
14:00 - 14:20

Innovation and Societal Benefit

Rowan Conway, Head of Mission Oriented Innovation Network at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose 

14:20 – 14:50

Innovation – the need for Creativity;

Panel discussion with:

Steve Bennett – Session Facilitator
 
Rowan Conway, Head of Mission Oriented Innovation Network at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Rosi Lister, We Are IVE Ltd
  • Martin Stow, Director, Nexus Ltd
14:50 - 16:10 Breakout Sessions
 

Stand-alone Careers session for students

Liran Maller, HRD, 2M Holdings – Session Facilitator

Dr Jaclyn Bell, Imperial College London
Hallam Wheatley, SABIC
  • Dayne Fletcher, Inktech
  • Halimatu Abubakar, Future Leadership Graduate & WISE Young Professional Member
 
The Business of Science Advisory Sessions to support Commercialisation
14:50 – 15:10 – IP Protection and Legislation
15:10 – 15:30 – R&D Tax Credits
15:30 – 15:50 – General Legislative update
15:50 – 16:10 – Access to Financial support
 

Understanding the New “Phygital” Era on the Road to Tokyo 2020

Dr Maria Stukoff, University of Salford – Session Facilitator

  • Dr Cristina Vasilica, University of Salford
  • Dr Lopa Patel, Diversity UK
  • Jim Sephton, HADO UK
16:15 - 16:35
Presentation of BoS Innovation Awards
Primary – Rosi Lister, CEO, We Are IVE
  • Secondary – James Baker, CEO of the GEIC
  • 18+ - To Be Confirmed
16:35 – 16:45
Overview and BoSC2021
Steve Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
16:45 - 18:00

Networking and Drinks

Millennium Point

Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Directions

 

If you would like any further information regarding this year’s Business of Science conference or would like to inquire about sponsorship, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are open from 9am — 5pm weekdays.

Email: businessofscience@road3.co.uk
Phone: (0161) 532 8599