The Business of Science Conference 2021

Celebrating the commercialisation of Science

Learn About Great Science. Connect with Great People. Develop Great Business.

The Business of Science conference 2021 will be held at Millennium Point, Birmingham on Thursday 7th October 2021.

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 2021 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


7th October 2021

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


£145 + 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
Darren Budd
Commercial Director, BASF
Andy Street
The Mayor of the West Midlands
Simon Grant
Technical Director, Thomas Swan Ltd
Paul Mason
Director, Innovation Policy, Innovate UK
Liran Maller
Group Director of Human Resources, 2M Holdings
Geoff Mackey
Dr. Geoff Mackey
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF
Yvonne Baker
Chief Executive, STEM Learning Ltd
Dr Andy Clifton
Technical Director, Domino UK
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London
Hallam Wheatley
Research Chemist, SABIC
Dr Martin Stow
Director, Nexus Ltd
Eileen Donnelly
Director, Ripple & Co
Dayne Fletcher
Production Manager, Inktech Ltd.
Dr. Cristina Vasilica, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer in Digital Health and Society
Dr Lopa Patel
Chair of Diversity UK
Dimitra Christakou
Commercial & Services Director, WISE
Andy Camenisch
Partner & Patent Attorney, HGF
Cas Majid
CEO, WOW Group
Paul Bandell
CEO, Caburn Group
Prof. Andy Miah
University of Salford
Joe Sweeney
University of Salford
Chloe Parker
HR Executive, Surfachem
Chris Strong
Director of Skills & Employability, We are IVE
Sandy Findlay
Partnership Director, ABGI UK
Michael Butler
Technical Director, William Blythe Limited
Vanessa Currie
Head of People, Learning and Development
Rhys Morgan
Director of Engineering and Education, Royal Academy of Engineering
Tina Chander
Partner and Head of Employment Law, Wright Hassall
Halimatu Abubakar
Future Leadership Graduate & WISE Young Professional Member
Frida Nzaba
Advanced Overhaul Manufacturing Engineer, Rolls-Royce plc
Sean Russell
Co-Investigator, Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot
James Baker
CEO Graphene@Manchester, The University of Manchester
Victoria Mataczynski
Co-founder, Nanoloom

The Agenda

08:00 – 09:00
Registration, Breakfast & Networking.
09:00 – 09:15
Welcome to BoSC21 & 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
Andy Street, The Mayor of the West Midlands
09:35 – 09:55
Headline Sponsor, BASF – “The Commercial Future for Science and Innovation”
Darren Budd, Commercial Director, BASF
09:55 – 10:15
“The Commercialisation of Innovation”
Paul Mason, Director – Innovation Policy, InnovateUK
10:15 – 10:40

“Sustainability – the future agenda”
Simon Grant, Technical Director, Thomas Swan Ltd

10:40 – 11:10

Coffee Break and networking

11:10 – 11:30 “The Hamilton Commission” – Science Inclusion
Rhys Morgan, Director – Engineering and Education, RAe
11:30 - 12:45
Three Parallel Breakout Sessions
STEM Skills
Dr Geoff Mackey – BASF (Session Facilitator)
Liran Maller - 2M Holdings
Yvonne Baker - STEM Learning
Chris Strong, Director for Skills & Employability - IVE
Dimitra Christakou - WISE
Dr Lopa Patel - Diversity UK

The Science of Wellbeing

Eileen Donnelly – Director, Ripple & Co.
Sean Russell - Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot
Tina Chander - Wright Hassall 
Cas Majid - WOW Group

The use of Advanced Materials to support Sustainability
James Baker – GEIC
Dr. Andy Clifton - DominoUK
Michael Butler – William Blythe Ltd
Victoria Mataczynski - Nanoloom
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 – 14:50

Innovation – the need for Creativity;

Panel discussion with:

Steve Bennett – Session Facilitator
Dr. Martin Stow, Director – Nexus Leeds
Vanessa Currie, Head of People - Learning and Development
14:50 - 16:10 Breakout Sessions

Stand-alone Careers session for students

Chloe Parker, HR Executive, Surfachem (Session Facilitator)
Dr Jaclyn Bell, Imperial College London
Hallam Wheatley, SABIC
Halimatu Abubaker, Collins Aerospace
Frida Nzaba, Rolls-Royce
Dayne Fletcher, Inktech Ltd

The Business of Science Advisory Sessions to support Commercialisation
14:50 – 15:10 – Is your IP fit for Investment – Andy Camenisch, HGF
15:10 – 15:30 – Funding Product Development Projects – Sandy Findlay, ABGI
15:30 – 16:10 – Panel Discussion with Q&A with
Sandy Findlay (Session Facilitator)
Andy Camenisch, HGF
Paul Mason, Innovate UK

Industry 5.0: How robotics, digital and smart come together for a more resilient future

Prof. Andy Miah, University of Salford (Session Facilitator)
Prof. Joe Sweeney, University of Salford
Dr Cristina Vasilica, University of Salford
Paul Bandell – CEO, Caburn Group
Cas Majid – CEO, The WOW Group

16:15 - 16:35
Presentation of BoS Innovation Awards
Secondary – James Baker - GEIC, Chris Strong - IVE
18+ - Paul Mason - InnovateUK, Chris Strong - IVE
16:35 – 16:45
Overview and BoSC2022
Steve Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
16:45 - 18:00

Networking and Drinks

Millennium Point

Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG



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