The Business of Science Conference 2019

Celebrating the commercialisation of science.Learn About Great Science. Connect With Great People. Develop Great Business.

The Business of Science conference 2019 was held at Cloth Hall Court, Leeds on Thursday 16th May 2019.

About The Business of Science Conference

Science and the commercialisation of science continues to be fundamental to the economic growth of the North and throughout the UK economy. Following 3 successful years in Manchester and Liverpool, the Business of Science conference will be moving to Leeds in 2019 to highlight that City and the wider region’s successful role in the development of ground-breaking science, innovation and invention.

The recent BEIS-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit for Leeds City Region and the surrounding areas, acknowledges it to be the largest economic area in the UK outside London and the South East, generating £65bn GVA.  With a population of 3 million, of whom 1.9 million are of working age (2015), the area is at the heart of the UK’s advanced manufacturing and engineering industry and at the forefront of Medical Technologies.  With increasing investment into STEM and the recent decision for Channel 4 to move to the City, this is a perfect time to welcome the conference to this fast-developing City where the relationship between Science, Innovation, Business and Skills will be discussed.

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16th May 2019

9 am - 5 pm

  • 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

    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. 

  • Innovation

    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. 

  • Skills

    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. TheBusiness 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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View this year's speaker presentations

You can download all of the presentations from the 2019 Business of Science Conference below


Celebrating four years of The Business of Science

“Celebrating four years of the Business of Science – through a consistent theme of the “Commercialisation of Science”, the Business of Science has developed from a Conference exploring the relationship between Science, Innovation, Skills and economic growth to a series of events which have developed an engaged, fully-networked community who support each other to maximise the growth and benefits from their chosen sectors

The Business of Science 2018 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, again explores those areas to provide further informed understanding of key themes for future examination.

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The Business of Science 2016

Developed from a series of small networking events held across the North-West of England, the inaugural conference was held as Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry (MSI) as a lead-in to the ESOF Conference and Manchester being the European City of Science.

The Business of Science 2017

Returning to Manchester and MSI, conference attendees heard from 30+ speakers and contributors covering commercial scale-up, the relationship between Universities and Industry and developing Great Science facilities as well as panel discussions covering Innovation in Engineering and the Academic, Technical, and Leadership Development of Skills

Look back at 2017
The Business of Science 2018

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
The Business of Science 2019

In a conscious move to widen the scope and audience of the conference, the 2019 event will be held in Leeds to celebrate the Science, Innovation and strengths of that region. In addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing, the conference will explore the commercialisation of 2D materials, the science of water and the interaction of Science and society.

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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


£175  .+ VAT
  • Breakfast
  • Conference resources
  • Lunch
  • Post-conference drinks

Introducing the Innovation Awards

The award is designed to encourage submissions from people who want to solve problems through science, or who want science to solve problems. 3 winners will be presented with the Awards at the close of the conference on 16th May 2019 in Leeds.

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Cloth Hall Court,Quebec St, Leeds LS1 2HA

P:0161 532 8599

If you would like any further information regarding this years 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 week days.

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P: 0161 532 8599

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.