Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for research and innovation in Wales

Afternoon, Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Central Cardiff


This seminar will discuss key issues for the future of research and innovation in Wales.

It will be an opportunity to consider the review commissioned by the Welsh Government and conducted by Professor Graeme Reid, which will track notable areas of innovation and research activity and the way it is used in Wales, and make recommendations on how to improve partnerships and entrepreneurship for the widest possible benefit.

With the seminar coinciding with the expected launch of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), delegates will consider the implications for Wales of a change in the regulatory framework of research funding.

Further discussion will examine the prospect of a new lead funding body for research in Wales following the Welsh Government’s announcement of a new strategic authority to oversee post-compulsory education.

Attendees will also look at how research and innovation can best be organised and targeted to produce potential benefits for the Welsh economy, including ensuring that local communities can benefit from research activity and innovative enterprise in Wales in line with the goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

They will also look at practical ways forward for increasing collaboration between research bodies and businesses across Wales and seizing global opportunities for research involving Wales.

Guest of Honour

Professor Graeme Reid

Chair, Review of Research and Innovation in Wales Advisory Panel

Guest of Honour

Professor Graeme Reid

Chair, Review of Research and Innovation in Wales Advisory Panel

Keynote Speaker

Bethan Owen

Director of Institutional Engagement, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales


Dr Drew Nelson

Chief Executive Officer, IQE

Professor Richard Davies

Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University

Amanda Wilkinson

Director, Universities Wales

Senior speaker confirmed from Innovate UK

Professor Sue Bale

Research and Development Director, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Member, Innovation Advisory Council for Wales

Mike Moran

Chief Executive Officer, Proton Partners International

Joe Duran

Director, Analytics, Innovation and Research, Fujitsu

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans

Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), University of South Wales and Member, Be The Spark

Lee Fisher

Partner, Blake Morgan

Senior speaker confirmed from Cancer Research UK

Councillor Peter Fox

Leader, Monmouthshire County Council