The Industrial Strategy - Making it work for you!

Academics and businesses alike will benefit from this event which will provide an insight into the UK government’s Industrial Strategy.

Key representatives from funding bodies Innovate UK and HEFCE will take us through the latest approaches to funding and investment.

Relevant case study presentations will highlight some of the critical factors for successful partnerships and there will be plenty of opportunity for productive networking amongst participants and delegates throughout the day.

The afternoon will present a fascinating showcase of the breadth of the University's Marine and Maritime expertise through a number of Elevator Pitches from academics looking for partnerships.

There will also be an opportunity to visit some of the University’s facilities, including the COAST laboratory, the Robotics laboratory and the Immersive Vision Theatre.

  • Rolle Plaza Marquee

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This event is a joint venture between the University's Marine Institute and Research & Innovation directorate which would be of significant benefit to:

  • academics working across a range of disciplines
  • local businesses and business networks
  • regional policy makers
  • funding bodies.


10:00: Arrival, registration and refreshments

10:30: Welcome address and overview - Professor Jerry Roberts (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise)

10:40: Introduction to the UK government Industrial Strategy - Kevin Richardson (HEFCE)

  • Overview of the Industrial Strategy
  • Overview of the ‘place based’ investment agenda

11:00: Perspectives from Innovate UK - Anna Mereu (Innovate UK)

  • Academic opportunities around the forthcoming calls
  • Specific details about how the strategy is being

11:20: Case study presentation

11:50: Building effective partnerships at the University - speaker tbc

  • Setting the agenda

12:00: Panel Q&A - Professor Jerry Roberts (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise)

12:20: Lunch

13:10: Introduction to the afternoon sessionsProfessor Martin Attrill (Director of the Marine Institute)

Session 1 (13:20): Research projects for partnerships

  • Venue: Rolle Plaza Marquee

Session 2 (14:00-16:00): Showcasing our facilities

14:00-16:00: Networking and refreshments

There is the option to attend the whole or only part of the day - please register your free place via the above link.

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This session is an amazing showcase of the breadth of maritime and marine-related research projects currently looking for partnerships.

The three minute elevator pitches will appeal to a wide audience, from energy providers, coastal industries and harbour authorities, to local / environmental authorities, marine technology/biotech companies and entrepreneurs, to name a few.

Further to the pitches, audience members will have the opportunity to network with researchers.

Professor Steve Rowland, Professor of Organic Chemistry

  • Pitch title: Identifying pollutants for offshore oil production platforms

Dr Simon Ussher, Associate Professor of Marine and Analytical Chemistry

  • Pitch title: Assessing the impact of airborne marine emissions

Oliver Tills, Teaching and Research Associate

  • Pitch title: Embryo-phenomics: technological innovation for visualising temporal, spatial and functional diversity in developing embryos with unprecedented resolution

Claire Pearce, Project Manager and Dr Natasha Stephen, Project Director, Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project

  • Pitch title: Beyond Blue Skies - successful industrial-academic partnerships through Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre

Steve Rice and Alex Whatley, Marine Innovation Centre Knowledge Exchange Officer 

  • Pitch title: MARINE-i - driving marine technology innovation in Cornwall

Dr Alan Smith, Lecturer in Environmental Management/Spatial Analysis 

  • Pitch title: Matching energy demand with cyclical changes in population

Steve Rice, Marine Innovation Centre Knowledge Exchange Officer 

  • Pitch title: Marine Business Technology Centre - in-sea testing and development in Devon

Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop, Lecturer in Marine Conservation 

  • Pitch title: Using plankton as indicators to monitor environmental change

Professor Gerd Masselink, Professor in Coastal Geomorphology, Director of Coastal Marine Applied Research

  • Pitch title: Operational real-time storm impact model 

Dr Martin Stoelen, Lecturer in Robotics and Director of Fieldwork Robotics Ltd

  • Pitch title: Soft robot arms for research, agriculture and marine?

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Location of the Rolle Plaza Marquee on campus

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