UPDATED: Innovation in Wales, 13th September 2018

Industrial biotechnology will provide key solutions to the challenges of clean growth in the 21st century through the transition to a high technology, sustainable, and low carbon economy. This workshop is aimed at those considering or already active in industrial biotechnology research and innovation in Wales. The workshop will explore the role and strengths of industrial biotechnology in Wales, identifying networking and funding opportunities for the community.

 This workshop aims to ensure that academic expertise and innovative industries in Wales are engaged through the second phase of the BBSRC NIBB, helping to fully realise the benefits of IB in the UK and beyond.

Registration and further details can be found at: https://industrial-biotechnology-in-wales.eventbrite.co.uk

Draft Agenda

10.00

Welcome

Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government

10.15

Innovation in Wales

Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Advisor, Wales

10.35

UK Perspective on IBBE

Paul Henderson, BEIS

10.55

National Plan for IB 2030

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET 

11.15

BBSRC IBBE Strategy

Roderick Westrop, BBSRC

11.30

Support for innovation

Jon Wood, Innovate UK

11.50

BioPilots UK

Rob Elias, BEACON

12.00

Lunch

13.00

One-to-one networking

14.30

Upcoming Funding calls

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET

14.45

Summary & Close

Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government

BBSRC NIBB

The BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are collaborative networks supporting the community to develop world leading research and innovation in IB. By bringing together academia, industry, technology and infrastructure providers, along with funders and policy makers, the networks tackle the grand challenges of the sector. Through pump priming funding, networking events, skills training, and consortium building, the NIBB have increased the output of high quality proposals to further funding competitions, and strengthened translational science in the UK. The networks have been a great success in their first phase, and the BBSRC and EPSRC are currently renewing the NIBB for a second phase that will reduce the overall number of NIBB whilst retaining a portfolio of research priorities that span the IB landscape.