R&D: The Power of Partnerships

14 March 2019 11.30-12:15 Invest Newcastle Stand, C.19

This event will discuss the power of partnerships in accelerating the growth of R&D and innovation hubs. To what extent do academic, public and private organisations need to work together to create clusters capable of competing on a global stage? What partnerships should cities be exploring in order to facilitate start-up growth and development of new innovations? Is the government’s Enterprise Zone model working, and what can other destinations learn from the approach? How might greater collaboration help the Northern Powerhouse compete with the ‘golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge?

Home to one of the fastest growing tech sectors outside of London and leading academic institutions, Newcastle is working on the breakthroughs of the future with world class R&D personnel, facilities and innovations. A living, breathing example of the Northern Powerhouse’s expertise in science and innovation, assets such as Newcastle Helix and the Innovation Centres for Ageing and Data are attracting investment and talent alike to the city. With the assets and capabilities to rival any of the nation’s leading science and research centres, what does the city region need to do next to enhance its position as a world leader?

Key speakers:

  • Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation
  • Walter Boettcher, Chief Economist, Colliers International
  • John Adlen, Growth Director, Cheshire Science Corridor
  • Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council