News from the Innovation Advisory Board

STFC Innovation Advisory Board Meeting 24 November 2017

The STFC Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 24th November at the MRC, London. A review of the meeting is given below.

The Board received a brief update on the progress of the UKRI design and implementation programme.

STFC presented an overview of the Industrial Strategy and a general update on STFC opportunities and successes to date.

The Board received an introduction to Business Engagement at STFC and provided feedback on how to publicise STFC’s unique offering to business.

There was a discussion about the opportunities for STFC and Innovate UK to work together on innovation activities within UKRI.

The Board provided feedback on the content for the Harwell campus strategy development and noted the progress since the last meeting.

The Board received a presentation on the progress of the Balance of Programmes review from the skills perspective. The Board confirmed the importance of the skills agenda.

The Board discussed the benefits and importance of conducting a light touch review of the management and effectiveness of their activities and inputs to STFC Council.

The next meeting will be the 16th March 2018.

Previous news

The STFC Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 6 July at the MRC, London. A review of the meeting is given below.

The Board received an update on campus developments, cluster developments and the National Research and Innovation campuses. The Board considered the factors that lead to a successful campus.

The Board provided feedback on the content and process for the Harwell campus strategy development.

The Board received a presentation on the knowledge transfer activities at CERN and examples of innovative business developments that have been achieved drawing on CERN’s technical activities in its science programmes.

The Board received a presentation on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and a general update on STFC opportunities and successes.

The Board received a presentation on the current activity to carry out a Balance of Programmes review from the skills perspective. The Board confirmed the importance of the skills agenda.

The Board received a brief update on the status of the STFC Corporate Strategy an on the progress of the UKRI design and implementation programme.

The next meeting will be the 24 November 2017.

The STFC Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 1 March at the MRC, London. A review of the meeting is given below.

The Board welcomed two new members:

  • Dr Kenji Takeda, Director of the Microsoft Azure for Research program
  • Dr Mike Kelly, CEO of DataCentred

The IAB received an update on the progress of the UKRI design programme and discussed opportunities for STFC and InnovateUK to work more closely within UKRI.

A significant opportunity within the new structure was expected to be ‘hiding the wiring’, simplifying the interface between businesses and funders, which would be extremely helpful for companies looking to access funding.

The Board was updated on recent discussions on national Campuses and discussed the high priority of the ‘place’ agenda. The Board noted that the co-location of national facilities and companies presented an important opportunity for the UK science base.

The Board received a presentation on the Industrial Strategy Green Paper and the associated Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The Board discussed the Strategy and some of the mechanisms which could be used to develop entrepreneurial skills and culture.

IAB received a brief update on the Corporate Strategy and gave positive feedback on the updated Summary of the Innovation section.

The next meeting will be the 6 July 2017.

The STFC Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 21st September at the MRC, London.

The Board discussed the latest draft of the Corporate Strategy refresh. The Board made several recommendations to further enhance the text. It was felt important to ensure that the vision is aspirational whilst achievable, and that the main objectives are clearly apparent in the introduction.

Presentations were made to the Board on the current status of work regarding the STFC CERN Business Incubator Centre and highlighting various innovation opportunities that are under consideration by the organisation.

IAB were updated on the progress of implementing the recommendations of the review of the various Innovation schemes currently being run by STFC. The Board were informed that the IPS and Mini-IPS schemes had been successfully merged. It was also noted that the relevant scheme Information for the community had been brought together in one place on the website, rather than being structured by STFC department: The current interactive diagram, has been added, along with amended text to the Ways to work with us page, to simplify the information available to potential applicants. Links have been added to the separate sections of the diagram to help enable potential applicants to navigate easily around the site to gain an understanding of the various funding opportunities.

The Board were provided with an update on the current status of the integration of Innovate UK into UKRI and discussed opportunities for STFC & InnovateUK to work more closely within UKRI.

The next meeting will be in February/March 2017.

The STFC Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 2nd March at the MRC, London.

Sharon Cosgrove presented an update on STFC’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) planning. The Board discussed the proposed changes to the landscape and future Research Council configurations which might arise as a result of the Nurse Review and Green/White papers.

The IAB discussed the Corporate Strategy refresh and made several recommendations for the next draft. It was felt important to ensure that the vision is aspirational whilst achievable, and clearly linked with the routes to delivery.

Janet Seed updated the IAB on the ongoing review of the various Innovation schemes currently being run by STFC. They provided feedback on the emerging recommendations of the review for incorporation into the final report. The Board looked at the overall level of funding available to the schemes and discussed ways making the schemes publicised more effectively.

Claire Dougan gave a presentation to the IAB to solicit feedback on methods of collecting data to show the impact of the Hartree centre. Several recommendations were made on appropriate metrics.

The next meeting will be in September 2016.

 

The Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 16th September at the MRC, London.

The IAB received an update on STFC’s recent Innovation activities, Dedicated Impact Programmes and Impact Evaluation activities.

Sharon Cosgrove provided IAB with an update on STFC Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) planning and IAB gave feedback on the key messages.

IAB reviewed and discussed the ongoing Corporate Strategy refresh with a focus on the Campuses and Innovations sections.

Finally, IAB discussed the Draft Computing Strategy which is nearing publication. IAB raised a few items for consideration which will be progressed by the Research and Innovation Strategy Group with appropriate consultation.

The IAB will next meet on the 2nd March 2016.

The Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) met on the 17th June at the MRC, London.

STFC has strategic aims in three areas: science, skills, and innovation. Two new boards have been formed, the IAB and the Skills and Engagement Advisory Board (SEAB) to complement Science Board’s advice to Council.

The IAB will meet twice a year and is chaired by STFC Council member Richard Worswick. The Board membership is as follows:

  • Richard Worswick – Chair
  • Paul Beasley – Siemens Plc
  • Heather Dunlop-Jones – IBM UK Ltd
  • Phil Kaziewicz – GI Partners
  • Massimo Noro – Unilever
  • Frank Salzgeber – European Space Agency
  • Jennifer Thompson – Durham Innovations Services, Durham University

The Board members were welcomed to their first meeting and noted the Terms of Reference.

The Board received presentations from the Executive Director, Business and Innovation and the Interim Head, External Innovations giving an overview of the STFC remit and structure as well as STFC’s Innovation schemes.

The IAB will next meet on the 16th September.

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