Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for research and innovation in Wales - policy priorities, funding, joint working and knowledge exchange, role in post-pandemic recovery and wider positive impact, and visibility on the world stage

April 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference focuses on the research base in Wales and next steps for boosting capacity, quality, positive impact and international reach.


It will be a timely opportunity to assess what is needed to achieve aims outlined by the First Minister in his Five priorities for research, development and innovation policy statement, including the development of a cross-Welsh Government strategy for innovation.


Areas for discussion include:


  • collaboration - next steps for improving links and collaboration between universities, business, local government and wider stakeholders
  • investment - increasing and targeting funding for R&I in Wales
  • societal benefit - how Welsh R&I can be focused to help support ambitions such as health and wellbeing, the response to climate change, local and regional needs, and recovery from COVID-19

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Abigail Phillips, Head of Innovation, Welsh Government; Harriet Barnes, Director of Policy and Funding, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales; David Notley, Chief Executive, Impact Innovation & Growth Services and co-Chair, Innovation Advisory Council for Wales; Kieron Rees, Head of External Affairs and Policy, Universities Wales; and Dr Lesley Thompson, Vice President, Academic and Government Relations, Elsevier.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Welsh Government; Senedd Research; BEIS; the UK Science & Innovation Network; DIT; and the IPO.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles