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


21st May 2020

8 am - 6 pm


Millennium Point

Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Our Sponsors


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


£125 + VAT early bird
  • 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
Executive Chair at Innovate UK
Harry Swan
CEO & Owner at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd
Felicity Burch
Director of Innovation and Digital at CBI
Geoff Mackey
Dr. Geoff Mackey
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF
Yvonne Baker
Chief Executive, STEM Learning Ltd
James Claverley
James Claverley
National Physical Laboratory
Charlotte Lewis
Lawyer, Mills & Reeve
Alice Lyons
Founder and Director Dark Coffee
Dr Andy Clifton
Technical Director, Domino UK
Kevin Hudson
Sales and Marketing Director, William Blythe Limited
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
Research Chemist, SABIC
Dr Leigh Hoath
Dr Leigh Hoath
Senior Lecturer, Science Education, Leeds Trinity University

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”
Richard Carter, MD, UK and Ireland, BASF (invited)
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 Education
Dr Geoff Mackey – BASF (Session Facilitator)
Yvonne Baker - STEM Learning
Dr Leigh Hoath – Leeds Trinity University
To Be Confirmed

The Science of Wellbeing

James Claverley – National Physical Laboratory

Charlotte Lewis – Mills and Reeve
Alice Lyons – Dark Coffee
To Be Confirmed
The use of Advanced Materials to support Sustainability
Dr. Andy Clifton - DominoUK
Kevin Hudson – William Blythe Ltd

To Be Confirmed

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, Director of Innovation & Development, RSA

14:20 – 14:50

Innovation – the need for Creativity;

Panel discussion with:

Rowan Conway, RSA

Rosi Lister, We Are IVE Ltd

To Be Confirmed

To Be Confirmed

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

To Be Confirmed

To Be Confirmed

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

To Be Agreed

TBC – Session Facilitator




16:15 - 16:35
Presentation of BoS Innovation Awards

Primary – Rosi Lister, CEO, We Are IVE

Secondary – To Be Confirmed

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



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.

Phone: (0161) 532 8599