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HEPI / Elsevier Research Conference, ‘UK Research Looking Forward’, 1 March 2023

  • 1 March 2023
  • 9.30am to 2.30pm
  • RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

***Due to the scheduled national rail and underground strike, HEPI and Elsevier have regrettably postponed the Conference to Wednesday 1 March 2023. If you have already booked a place your booking will be transferred over. If you have any queries, please contact ***

Building on our programme of work on research, HEPI is working in partnership with Elsevier to host a half-day conference looking to the future of research in UK higher education, on Wednesday 1 March 2023 from 9.30am (registration) to 2.30pm (with lunch included). 

This half-day conference will provide a forum for senior leaders and policymakers from across the sector to discuss a range of key issues relation to the future of UK research, with sessions looking at: 

  • UK research on a global stage – reflecting on REF 2021 and the path to 2.4% 
  • The security and resilience of UK research funding in the future
  • The kind of research culture that enables researchers to take risks

Speakers include:

  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Executive Chair, Research England;
  • Professor Karen Holford, Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University
  • Lord Johnson of Marylebone, former Minister of State for Universities and Science;
  • Dr Karen Salt, Deputy Director for Research Culture and Environment, UKRI;
  • Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy (Research and International), The Russell Group; and
  • Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy at the University of Sheffield and Director, Research on Research (RoRI)

To see the full programme and to register your place online, please go to  

HEPI University and corporate Partners receive complimentary places at the conference. Any queries should be sent to

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