Business and Science - Partners for Success

Birmingham Business School, University House, University of Birmingham
Monday 8th September 2014 (13:30-19:30)
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Successful businesses innovate by drawing on scientific and technological advances to develop products, processes and business practices. At the same time, much scientific research and technological development is driven by the needs of business. Science and business join forces in this afternoon of talks, discussion and networking to examine the critical factors for their successful partnership.

13.30-13.45  Registration Session 1a and 1b

13.45-14.45 Manufacturing Renaissance (parallel session 1a)
Led by Prof John Bryson, University of Birmingham

Part 1: The 3rd Industrial Revolution: Digital Fabrication and Manufacturing
Part 2: Space – the next Frontier for British Manufacturing

13.45-14.45 Design Driven Science (parallel session 1b)
Led by Prof Simon Bolton, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, BCU
Innovating through Blending Systematic and Reflective Forms Inquiry

14.45-15.15 Tea / coffee and networking
Registration (for those joining from Session 2a and 2b)

15.15-16.30 Transferable Models of Innovation in Business (parallel session 2a)
A meeting of Birmingham Science City Chief Technology Officers (CTO) Group*

Dr Andrew Sleigh, Chair of CTO Group - Welcome
Dr Adrian Woolard, Head of BBC R&D North Lab (MediaCityUK) and Connected Studio Innovation Programme - Audience-led innovation.
Dr David Jakubovic, Head of European Open Innovation, Procter and Gamble
Q&A and audience contributions
Professor Simon Bolton, Professor of Design Research at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) at BCU – Take home messages

* The CTO Group provides leaders in the West Midlands with responsibilities for innovation in technology, services or business models to meet periodically to share ideas and best practice. The group is host to renowned guest speakers from the worlds of innovation, government and business.

15.15-16.30 More canals than Venice, but where next for major infrastructure investment in the West Midlands? (parallel session 2b)
A meeting of University of Birmingham Business Club**

The University of Birmingham was Britain’s first civic University, founded in 1900 to serve the needs of the community of businessmen and industrialists, who had by then made the city a powerhouse of trade and commerce. Midlands engineers built first canals, and then railways, to get the city’s goods to market. In this session, the city’s modern day leviathans of rail will discuss the costs and benefits to business of major infrastructure investment, and will be joined by business historians to examine what lessons we might learn in this regard from our illustrious, industrious forefathers.

**The University of Birmingham Business Club is for business people who are looking to network with and exchange ideas with members of the Business Engagement team and Academics at the University of Birmingham.

16.30 Tea / coffee and networking
Registration (for those joining from Session 3)

17.00-18.15 STEM Skills for the Knowledge Economy (Session 3)
Organised by Birmingham Science City***

Question Time with facilitation by Kurt Jacobs, Midlands Business Insider

Professor John Perkins CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor, BIS
Stewart Towe CBE, Hadley Industries and Chair of Black Country LEP
David Roberts, CEO Droplet
Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor, Aston University and GBS LEP
Tim Thomas, Head of Employment Policy, EEF

*** Birmingham Science City is a partnership of public, private and HE sectors that aims to develop, use and promote science, technology to stimulate innovation to improve economic prosperity and quality of life. 

18.15-19.30 Networking drinks reception
Including at 18.45-19.00 ‘My Manager and other Animals’ from Richard Robinson.

This event is organised by Birmingham Science City, the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. It is part of the British Science Festival 2014 taking place in Birmingham from 6-11 September. Details of all events are available online. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 08456 807 207.