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Influencing the future of innovation


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The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Policy Panel is hosting a free to attend innovation themed conference on the 26 November 2018 at IET London: Savoy Place.

Date and Time

26 November 2018 - 12:00-19:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


About this event

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Policy Panel is hosting an innovation themed conference on the 26 November 2018 at IET London: Savoy Place.

The 1 April 2018 saw the inauguration of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), bringing together the seven existing research councils, as well as Innovate UK and the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) into a unified body.

Representatives from UK government, industry and academia will be in attendance for open discussion with audience members on a variety of key innovation areas based around the five pillars of the UK’s industrial strategy.

  • Ideas - the world’s most innovative economy
  • Infrastructure - a major upgrade to the UK’s infrastructure
  • People - good jobs and greater earning power for all
  • Business environment - the best place to start and grow a business
  • Places - prosperous communities across the UK

The conference concludes with an address from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Now in its 60th year, DARPA continues to expand the frontiers of innovation in technology and science. They will talk about the successes and challenges that they have faced over the years as well as taking questions.


12.00 Registration and lunch
13.00 Welcome
Nigel Fine, The IET
13.10 Opening Keynote
Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
13.30 UKRI Keynote
Rebecca Endean, UKRI Strategy Director
13.50 Move to panel sessions
Parallel panel sessions
14.00 Ideas – How do we encourage, develop and use innovation? People – How do we develop skills alongside new technologies?
14.40 Change panel sessions
14.45 Business Environment – How do we drive growth across the economy? Infrastructure – How do we ensure innovation on our infrastructure systems?
15.25 Tea Break
15.50 Places – How do we support innovation across the entire UK? Driving innovation – recent research from IET and RAEng
16.30 Closing Keynote
Dr Vincent Tang, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA
17.20 Final remarks
Dave Smith, Chair of the IET Innovation Policy Panel
17.30 Drinks Reception
19.00 Close

Agenda subject to change.

Reasons to attend

  • Key note address from Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession, Dr Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP
  • DARPA: 60 years of breakthrough technologies and leading innovation
  • Take part in open debate and network with the UK’s leading innovators

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Working in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities and government, it aims to develop a flourishing environment for innovation across the UK.

Formed in 1958, The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has cultivated a nurturing environment for innovation, with a diverse range of collaborators from industry, academia and government. Although primarily focussed on technological developments for the benefit of national security, DARPA-funded projects have influenced many non-military fields, including computer networking, machine learning and cancer research.

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