UK~IRC Innovation Summit 2013: The Future of Science & Innovation Policy

Date: 26 November 2013

Venue: British Library Conference Centre, London

Event Outputs: 2013 Summit Summary Report and a live Newsfeed  from the day of the event.

About the Summit

The fifth and final UK~IRC Innovation Summit focused on the ‘The Future of Science and Innovation Policy’, exploring how research, policy and business practices influence science and innovation policy, and what steps should be taken to strengthen these links.

What the attendees said about the day:

  • ‘Always like the good mix of people from different backgrounds, universities, businesses large & small etc.’
  • ‘Undiluted policy thinking and networking’
  • ‘Good quality of talks, discussion & networking


As well as keynote presentations, the conference will include a number of parallel sessions, allowing delegates to tailor their day and attend the sessions that interest them. The parallel sessions discussed key topics emanating from the UK~IRC’s core and distributed research projects:

  • Service Innovation
  • Networks Innovation
  • Open Innovation
  • University-Industry Relations
  • Public Sector Procurement
  • Financing & Skills for Innovation

The Summit concluded with a roundtable panel discussion on the future of UK innovation policy.

A full copy of the programme and podcasts from the day are available on the UK~IRC website.

Speakers Included

  • Charles Armstrong, Trampoline Systems
  • Hasan Bakhshi, Nesta
  • Jakob Edler, University of Manchester
  • Ursula Kelly, Viewforth Consulting Ltd
  • Hamid Mughal, Rolls-Royce
  • Paul Nightingale, SPRU
  • Dame Nancy Rothwell, University of Manchester
  • David Sweeney, Higher Education Funding Council for England