Research Impact: Exploring the Roadmap

  • Thursday, 07 October 2021
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 09:25 - 16:35
120+
Conference
Attendees
10
CPD
Credits
15+
Expert Speakers
8+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

The government has committed to turning the UK into a 'science superpower' and has outlined its strategy to do so in the new UK Research & Development Roadmap. This CPD accredited conference programme will explore the new Roadmap - a long-term plan to make Britain a global centre for world-class research and dynamic innovation, supported by new initiatives such as the R&D Place Strategy, Global Talent Visa and Office for Talent; as well as existing frameworks like the REF.

Delegates will take away the following benefits from attending:

  • 10 CPD Points.
  • Learn more about the government's new R&D Roadmap setting-out routes to increase long-term flexible investment in research, nurture representative R&D environments, attract and retain top researchers, scientists, innovators and technicians to the UK; as well as increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of careers throughout R&D.
  • Explore the significance of pursuing ambitious projects that galvanise academia, the public, government and industry in the interest of addressing important societal issues. The Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology has provided central principals guiding the development of Moonshots - the conference will be an opportunity to explore these principals and develop cross-sector networks around ground-breaking R&D that excites and inspires.
  • Discuss how R&D intensity and funding can expand beyond the 'Golden Triangle' of London, the South-East and East England to equate regions of the UK with domestic leaders and European institutes; as well as exploring how the UK R&D Place Strategy can make the fullest contribution to unlocking local growth and societal benefit from R&D across the UK's regions.
  • Explore the role of universities/R&D in driving economic and social recovery post-covid.
  • Get up to date information on the UK's access to European Union research funding and/or new domestic equivalents to EU framework programmes for funding and innovation beyond the Brexit transition period.
  • Explore platforms used to track research and identify pathways to impact, creating data that can be used for REF/KEF reporting with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements, and knowledge exchange. See case studies of systematic, evidence-based approaches to disseminating research; particularly to reach audiences beyond academia and bridge the gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader impact and the skills/tools required to achieve that. 
  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme

08:30

Registrations Opens with Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

09:30

Roadmap Panel Discussion: Attracting, Retaining & Developing Global Talent

  • Michele Valotti, Software Engineer & Data Scientist, Oxford Brain Diagnostics (confirmed)
  • Wahida Ashiq, Founder, Great British Mag (confirmed)
  • Tom Frostick, Research and Innovation Programme Lead, The Royal Society (confirmed)

As part of the UK Research & Development Roadmap’s initial launch the government published a series of questions pertinent to the sector's continued success in attracting, retaining and developing leading global talent. These included:

  • How can we attract, retain and develop talented and diverse people in R&D roles? How can a wider range of voices be engaged to ensure R&D is delivering for society and inspiring a new generation of scientists, researchers, technicians and innovators?
  • How can we strengthen and grow our collaborations with overseas governments and international funders through strategic bilateral co-operation and renewed leadership of multilateral research and innovation organisations and networks, supporting UK's soft power, and mutual economic growth and prosperity? 

This panel discussion will explore answers to these questions and cover the impact of Brexit, COVID-19, new domestic immigration policy as well as the establishment of an Office for Talent and Global Talent Visa on attracting and retaining global talent.

10:00

Minister's Address & Questions

  • Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (confirmed)
"The Government Strategy - Roadmap Policy Priorities"

The conference keynote address will explore some of the ideas present throughout the Roadmap, including:

  • Increasing the attractiveness, security and sustainability of careers throughout the domestic R&D workforce. Taking a proactive approach to developing talented, diverse people and teams that are essential to delivering societal and economic benefits across the UK's regions.
  • Establishing an independent funding body for advanced research, reducing bureaucracy, empowering researchers, backing breakthrough technologies and basic research by experimenting with new funding models across long-term time horizons; modelled on the USA's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). 
  • Providing economic stimulus to sectors in which the UK can gain competitive advantages and lead the world, through parallel work between industry and academia.

The Minister will take questions from conference delegates following the keynote address.

10:30

Headline Sponsor

For research to have impact, the people who can apply it need to find it and understand it. This requires a more systematic, evidence-based approach to communication, particularly to reach and engage audiences beyond academia. That said, there has been a gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader audiences and impact, and the skills and tools required to achieve that. Kudos is working to fill that gap. We provide a methodology and toolkit for planning, managing, measuring and reporting  on engagement and impact activities, as well as showcases to help publicise research to different target audiences. This case study will showcase how Kudos Pro is being used at organisations including the Universities of Manchester, Kent, Melbourne, Liverpool and Newcastle.

10:50

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:35
  • Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln (confirmed)

Presentation synopsis coming soon...

11:55
"A Swift Response to COVID-19"

In 2020, Oldham narrowly averted danger that could have had a crippling impact on the borough. National news concentrated focus on the town's rising coronavirus cases, pushing it to the brink of a local lockdown - imperilling local businesses had competitors in neighbouring boroughs remained open and risking compounding educational attainment gaps in the town. As cases rose from a rate of 57.8 per 100,000 to 107.5 per 100,000 in one week in August, targeted, rapid research and action enabled government, civic and health services to clarify and tackle COVID-19 in Oldham. This presentation will explore:

  • How the borough rapidly and reliably disseminated research/data to galvanise public engagement with managing the spread of coronavirus and preventing a local lockdown.
  • Lessons to be learnt from Oldham's rapid response to COVID-19 'red alert' outbreaks; what should be the main drivers behind imposing lockdown measures?    
12:15

Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.

12:35

Question & Answer Session

Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln (confirmed)

Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Oldham Council (confirmed)

Case Study Speaker

12:50

Lunch

We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:

  • One-way queuing systems with safe distancing in operation.
  • Individual snacking bags containing fruit, trail mix and sweets provided on arrival - this will prevent people mixing around snack bars during networking breaks.
  • Individually portioned dishes and pre-sealed cutlery will be served at collection points.  

Where possible, we will source food locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens.

13:45

Chair's Afternoon Address

13:50

Afternoon Keynote Address

  • Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager (Charities), University of Nottingham (confirmed)

Adam has previously presented on implications and responses to the phasing out of publication portability (2017), the long term impact of changes to the REF assessment criteria and guidelines (2019); and introducing delegates to the irrefutable Golberg's First Law of Higher Education Research Policy Change. Adam’s work securing research funding, internal peer review processes and grant writing have been featured in the LSE Impact in the Social Sciences Blog, Times Higher Education, Research Professional and Funding Insight; as well as featuring on the Guardian Higher Education Live Chat on research funding.

  

Adam tweets from @Cash4Questions and his blog, Cash for Questions: Social Science Research Funding, Policy and Development features a catalogue of his work covering grant applications, university culture and funding policy. 

14:10
  • Matthew Guest, Policy Manager - Place, Knowledge Exchange & Industrial Strategy, GuildHE (confirmed)

Presentation synopsis coming soon...

14:30

Case Study

"Nature Research Editing Services"

Peter heads the Scientific Editing team at Nature Research Editing Service, which allows any researcher to benefit from expert editing and advice on draft grant applications and journal articles, to standards set by Nature Research – and which in 2013, saw UK HEI clients (including several Russell Group universities) benefit from editing and strategic advice on a large number of UK REF documents. Previously, Peter was an Associate Editor in the earth sciences team at Nature, where he handled papers in subjects ranging from carbon cycling to landscape morphology.

14:50

Question & Answer Session

Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager (Charities), University of Nottingham (confirmed)

Matthew Guest, Policy Manager - Place, Knowledge Exchange & Industrial Strategy, GuildHE (confirmed)

Speaker TBA

15:05

Refreshments in the Networking Area

15:15

Case Study

Researchfish (confirmed)

Universities use the Researchfish platform to track research and identify pathways to impact. The data can be used for REF/KEF reporting (and their international equivalents) with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements and knowledge exchange. Researchfish has recently joined Interfolio, a company that provides software to help universities streamline their processes for academic hiring, review, promotion, and scholarly activity tracking. Together Research Fish and Interfolio will provide global, comprehensive researcher information systems, supporting unprecedented insights into the advancement of research and teaching.

15:35

Speaker TBA

"Looking Ahead to the Next REF Exercise"

In October 2020 the Science Minister wrote to Research England, asking for a plan to reform the REF after the current exercise is complete. The Minister set out the question of how the REF can further evolve for the better - highlighting concerns that the current system encourages risk-aversion and workplaces to put more value on metrics than research quality. This presentation will look at reforms that could be made ahead of the next REF exercise (2028) to contribute to an improved evaluation system that emphasises more quality time spent on research as well as cultivating positive cultures that recognise all contributions to research and motivate people to do more diverse, innovative and risk-taking work.

15:55
"Re-imagining Research Culture"

COVID-19 could be a watershed moment for research culture - an opportunity to make tangible progress in eliminating inequalities in the sector and construct a culture built on creativity, inclusivity and honesty; as opposed to current practices that prioritise outputs above all else - often at the expense of researchers wellbeing.

 

Scientists, researchers and innovators have faced similar disruptions as other sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic - however, R&D has been thrust under a spotlight as the UK's exit strategy from the pandemic. The Wellcome Trust believes this is an opportunity to build on the fundamentals of research culture and re-imagine the way researchers work premised on lessons learn already from the pandemic. including:

  • Sharing Ideas and Data at an Unprecedented Rate. Increasingly, publishers are committing to making their coronavirus-related research immediately accessible, as a reflection of the sector's acknowledgement of the need for open and honest outputs.
  • Promoting Person-Centric Approaches to Funding. The metrics used to assess researchers and allocate funding do not adequately reflect or take into account individual circumstances. Changes brought about by the pandemic include research being paused to facilitate returns to frontline clinical duties, the shuttering of academic labs has disrupted work across university settings; whilst upticks in home-schooling and caring responsibilities could exacerbate existing gender imbalances - leading to fewer outputs from female academics. A case-by-case, person centred approach should be help to identify and fund those who make the biggest difference to R&D in the long-run.
16:15

Question & Answer Session

16:30

Chair's Closing Remarks

16:35

Event Close

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  • 10 CPD Points.
  • Learn more about the government's new R&D Roadmap setting-out routes to increase long-term flexible investment in research, nurture representative R&D environments, attract and retain top researchers, scientists, innovators and technicians to the UK; as well as increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of careers throughout R&D.
  • Explore the significance of pursuing ambitious projects that galvanise academia, the public, government and industry in the interest of addressing important societal issues. The Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology has provided central principals guiding the development of Moonshots - the conference will be an opportunity to explore these principals and develop cross-sector networks around ground-breaking R&D that excites and inspires.
  • Discuss how R&D intensity and funding can expand beyond the 'Golden Triangle' of London, the South-East and East England to equate regions of the UK with domestic leaders and European institutes; as well as exploring how the UK R&D Place Strategy can make the fullest contribution to unlocking local growth and societal benefit from R&D across the UK's regions.
  • Explore the role of universities/R&D in driving economic and social recovery post-covid.
  • Explore platforms used to track research and identify pathways to impact, creating data that can be used for REF/KEF reporting with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements, and knowledge exchange. See case studies of systematic, evidence-based approaches to disseminating research; particularly to reach audiences beyond academia ad bridge the gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader impact and the skills/tools required to achieve that.
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

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