Creating a Scientific Superpower Conference

28 Jun 2023 8.30am - 4.00pm

Science and real estate call for national effort to make Britain a scientific superpower

Jun 2023
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8.30am - 4.00pm

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For the second year running, EG and Bidwells hosted this conference that revisited how far Britain has come in unlocking its scientific potential, and how real estate is evolving to enable the UK to become a global science and technology superpower.

We explored what challenges the UK faces in attracting key talent and investment to drive our economy forward during a time of uncertainty. Asked how the Oxford-Cambridge Arc can maintain its position as a positive contributor to the economy and benefit other regional clusters. And how we can create the right place, infrastructure and resources for collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches.

We brought together leading scientists, government ministers, scientific enterprises, and investors who discussed how the UK can continue its journey to becoming a scientific superpower.


Watch the session recordings...

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Bidwells’ Head of Science and Technology, Max Bryan, delivers a 10-minute opening speech to kick-start the conference. He focuses on the UK government's commitment to advancing science and technology to enhance the country's global innovation position. Listen to him discuss how government, academia, science and real estate can work together to introduce policies, funding and partnerships needed for the UK to realise its vision of becoming a scientific superpower.

Opening Speech | Max Bryan, Head of Science & Technology

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This presentation by Bidwells’ Research Director Sue Foxley explores the powerful potential arising from increased collaboration between life sciences and technology in the UK. Hear her thoughts on how we can capitalise on our research strengths to drive growth and innovation.

The Power of Clusters: Unleashing Scientific Convergence

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In this panel session recording, listen to industry leaders discuss how to build world-class science and technology clusters in the UK. The session focuses on identifying the ingredients for successful clusters, creating connectivity across broader geographies, and fostering convergence between disciplines. With insights from senior executives leading major science parks, research councils, accelerators and international tech companies, the panel provides a multifaceted perspective on realising the UK's potential as a scientific superpower.

Creating a World Class Supercluster through the Convergence of Science and Technology

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This 20-minute keynote speech sees Sir Jonathan Symonds CBE, co-chair of the UK Life Sciences Vision, outline how the UK can build a long-term strategy to become a global leader in life sciences. Listen as this experienced leader talks optimistically about bringing together the NHS, academia and business to create a world-class environment for research, clinical trials, investment and more.

Perspectives of a Supercluster

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Our forward-looking first panel session focuses on how the UK can accelerate innovation to establish itself as a global science superpower. Hear senior leaders from government, academia and industry discuss strategies for commercialising research, fostering emerging technologies, and building world-leading science clusters. Their insightful conversation covers scaling up businesses, encouraging risk-taking and developing skills.

Accelerating innovation as a key driver of our economic future

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Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Rt Hon Grant Shapps focuses on the UK's ambition to lead the world in green energy innovation and become an "energy superpower nation" in his keynote speech. He lays out how science and technology will be key to powering the country's future energy needs and tackling climate change.

Unleashing Innovation for a Net Zero Future

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Hear Secretary of State Chloe Smith outline the UK government's bold vision and strategy for cementing the nation's status as a global science and technology leader. This includes substantial investments in R&D, genomics and AI to drive breakthroughs in healthcare and spur economic growth. The minister also discusses nurturing talent, fostering industry partnerships, improving infrastructure, and ensuring researchers can access the capital they need to commercialise innovations.

Keynote | The Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology

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Watch the fireside chat between Neil Sachdev MBE, Chair of the East West Railway Company and Tim Burke, Deputy Editor of EG. Their conversation focuses on how the East West Rail project will boost business and innovation between Oxford and Cambridge by improving connectivity. Hear from the railway company’s chair on the timeline, route, and opportunities.

East West Rail as a Catalyst for Scientific Growth

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This thought-provoking panel discusses the evolution of life sciences and real estate, focusing on key themes like sustainability, the importance of community and early engagement with tenants. Listen as respected industry leaders share their insights on building flexible spaces and innovation clusters that support growth.

Evolution of real estate for a new era of science and technology

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Our final panel session of the day focused on the UK's world-leading scientific and technological capabilities. Senior leaders from pioneering companies discuss what makes the UK an attractive place for science and technology businesses. The discussion covers key strengths like skills, funding, regulation and clusters, and how to build on these for the future.

Breaking Boundaries: Global Science and Tech Giants Investing in the UK

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Professor Andy Neely chairs a panel, where the discussion surrounds the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and its potential for growth. Listen to leaders from business, academia and government speak on how collaboration can drive economic growth and innovation across the UK. Hear our experts discuss strategies for developing clusters while spreading opportunity more widely.

Unleashing the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor as an Engine for Growth

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The opportunities and challenges around funding science and technology innovation in the UK as discussed in this panel from the Creating a Scientific Superpower conference. Senior leaders discuss where attractive prospects lie today and how the UK can mitigate financial risk when it comes to investing in science and technology enterprises.

Revaluation of Science & Technology: The Investor Outlook

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