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Research and innovation conference 2020

10 Dec 2020, 09:30 - 17:00
20 Tavistock Square 
United Kingdom

Covid-19 has and will impact the future of UK research in many different ways. With the 2020 REF delayed and laboratories closed, there are many short-term changes to adapt to. However, the challenges facing research will be broad and long-lasting.

The government has indicated that research and innovation is a key priority, and has a target of 2.4% of GDP in research investment. In the wake of the global pandemic, will the government double down on this goal? To what extent will these plans be disrupted by the financial fallout of the crisis? And how can the sector best position itself both to support the UK recover and capitalise on new opportunities?

These are live debates. What is clear is that the government and the sector will need to work together to protect the UK’s research and innovation base, the strength of which will be vital in leading the post-pandemic recovery.

This event, Universities UK’s annual, national conference on research and innovation, will also explore topics such as research culture, how to build a public profile, and open access.

Why should you attend?

Whether you’re an institutional leader keen to understand how to develop an outstanding research and innovation strategy, a Principal Investigator interested in how to promote effective research practice within your team or an individual researcher curious about how to use your research and skills to lobby for change in government policy, this conference will offer something for you.

The event aims to provide delegates with practical ideas and opportunities to discuss how to optimise the impact of research and innovation through effective strategy, partnerships, regulation, communication and engagement.

Who should attend?

This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic. Relevant job titles include:

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise
  • Director of Research and Innovation/ Head of Research and Innovation
  • Associate Dean
  • Reader
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer/Senior lecturer
  • Policy Analyst

If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on or 020 7419 5535.

We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information. tel: 020 7419 5412; email:

Coronavirus information

At the time of writing, UUK is planning to resume events and conferences in autumn 2020. We take the health of safety of our delegates, speakers and staff extremely seriously, and please note that all of our events will be run in line with government and public health advice, which we are constantly monitoring. Should this event be cancelled due to government advice, we will deliver the event online or endeavour to rearrange this event for a future date. You will also have the option for a refund.

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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