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HEPI / Elsevier webinar on ‘The Research Landscape’, with Amanda Solloway, the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation

  • 20 October 2020
  • 9.45am - 12pm

On the morning of Tuesday, 20 October HEPI and Elsevier hosts a free half-day webinar on ‘The Research Landscape’ in and after the pandemic, with an eye on forthcoming major events like the spending review, the end of the Brexit transition period and the next Research Excellence Framework.

Featuring a Keynote Address by Amanda Solloway, the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, the webinar also included a panel of higher education leaders, a presentation on the wider political environment and how it relates to research from Public First and the presentation of new findings about the UK research base from Lesley Thompson of Elsevier (available to download in Powerpoint format here).

Programme

09.45am Introductory remarks from Kumsal Bayazit, Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier

10.00am Ministerial Keynote Address by Amanda Solloway, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation

10.25am ‘The Political Environment around Research’ by Jonathan Simons, Director of Public First

10.45am Presentation on ‘The UK Research Landscape – Food for Thought by Lesley Thompson, Vice President, Academic & Government Strategic Alliance at Elsevier

11.10am Panel on ‘What should the 2.4% target mean for research priorities after the pandemic?’

  • How will the coming global and UK recession affect spending on research?
  • What priorities should there be for distributing new research spending – should levelling up trump excellence?
  • How can international collaboration be encouraged when there are less porous boundaries as a result of Brexit, travel restrictions and financial challenges?

The panel will be made up of:

  • Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University
  • Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research at the University of Manchester;
  • Professor Tim Softley FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham;
  • Stian Westlake, Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society

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