Policy Forum for Wales

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Next steps for science and innovation policy in Wales


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on the next steps for science and innovation policy in Wales, looking at:

  • international partnerships;
  • attracting and developing talent;
  • funding; and
  • how innovation can be further integrated into Wales’s economic strategy.

The discussion in detail:

  • Talent - continuing to attract and develop the staffing to meet the needs of Welsh science, nurturing early career researchers, and the forthcoming reform of the immigration system;
  • Partnerships - the outlook for Wales’s international collaborative science relationships - including EU programmes - and the future role for Wales in UK government-led initiatives;
  • Funding - securing a greater proportion of UK-level public funds for Wales, increasing levels of private inward investment, and encouraging increased R&D spend by businesses in Wales;
  • Impact - maximising the impact of R&D and innovation on driving growth in the Welsh economy including linking with the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, City Deals, and the Welsh Government’s economic development plans; and
  • Further steps that can be made to reduce barriers to university-business collaboration and knowledge exchange; and Improving IP management by universities and their partners.

In light of recent developments relating to COVID-19, we also anticipate discussion around the above issues in relation to the ways in which UK universities and other institutions have reacted to the challenges - for example with relation to collaborating with international partners, business and government, funding issues, and postponing projects and programmes - as well as the longer term, for example around enabling resilience.

The agenda:

  • Priorities for developing the talent pipeline for science and technology in Wales;
  • Attracting and developing the skills and workforce to meet the needs of Welsh science;
  • The future for Wales in international science partnerships post-Brexit;
  • The HEFCW vision for research - and what is required to make it a reality;
  • Funding Welsh science and innovation - increasing the share of UK-level funds, attracting private inward investment, and encouraging greater R&D spend by businesses in Wales;
  • Wales and emerging technologies - supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation; and
  • How can R&D drive growth in the Welsh economy - supporting the green economy, coordinating industrial strategy, improving university-business collaboration, and priorities for IP management.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • It takes place at a crucial time with a number of Wales and UK-wide policy developments taking place - including:
  • Creation of a new funding body for Welsh Higher and Further education, the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research;
  • HEFCW having set out its vision for research and innovation and now undertaking its implementation;
  • Negotiations over the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including involvement in science programmes
  • Introduction by the UK government of a new Global Talent Visa scheme to replace the Tier 1 visas, and which aims to attract ‘the brightest talent’;
  • UK government goal for R&D spending of 2.4% of GDP by 2027, recommitment to benefit for the whole of the UK, and increased public finance available to HEIs and R&D-intensive organisations;
  • The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s report, with concerns about Wales falling behind other parts of the UK in competing for research funds, and calling on the Welsh Government to move forward with implementing the Reid Review of Government-Funded Research & Innovation in Wales in full.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government; the Development Bank of Wales; the Welsh European Funding Office;  Health and Care Research WalesEstyn; BEISUKRI; the Intellectual Property Office; and the Food Standards Agency.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates