The Events Calendar

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The Innovation Network calendar of events addresses three key strands:

  • Innovations in the external business environment that could significantly impact ways of working.
  • Advances in technologies and practices in high-tech manufacturing (often stories from our own members).
  • Leadership skills for technologists and scientists operating at strategic level in B2B manufacturing or professional services firms.

Speakers are deeply experienced in their topic, and often come from within the membership. Events are designed to allow valuable time for group dialogue which helps attendees process new thinking and apply it in their own organisation.   Networking is gently facilitated, so that connections between the rich mix of technologists and leaders typically present are made easily and are hugely enjoyable.

An example of events in past years is here.  The 16/17 calendar is below:

2016

Sep 29

Mastering Maker-Marketer Tensions

Tensions between Marketing and Product Development are common in many innovation-led businesses.  We’ll hear how they can arise and explore how to deal with them. 

 

Speakers

Patrick Dunne, ex 3i, Chair of D3O and now Boardelta

Phil Mutton,  Design consultancy Frazer Nash

Enrique Garcia, CTO, the National Conposite Centre.

 

8.30 am arrival

9.00 am start

3.00 Private tour

Location: held at the historical and prestigious  SS Great Britain, Bristol Harbour.  After the main proceedings a private tour of the ship was given.

Cost

Members: free

Non-members: £350+vat

Nov 24

Imminent Innovations and their Impact 

Significant technological developments are heading our way in the world at large that will affect business and everyday life: autonomous vehicles; the Internet of Things, and Big Data.

 

Speakers

Neil Fulton, Programme Director at National Transport Systems Catapult

Ben WatsonInnovation Leader, 3M

Helen Scott-Lawlor, Partner at legal firm Burges Salmon

 

8.30 am arrival

9.00 am prompt start

3.00 End

Location: This event will be held at the modern facilities of the National Transport Catapult, Milton Keynes, a node of fascinating research into aerospace, rail and road transport innovation.

Cost

Members: free

Non-members: £350+vat

2017

Feb 23

Leveraging the Law

Knowing the ground you stand on facilitates confident collaborations. Hear about smart contracting with Universities and other collaborators, and about IP protection when collaborating. 

 

Speakers

Christine Reid, Partner, Northwood Reid.  

Christine is the very person commissioned by the Government to draft the Lambert agreement templates that facilitate working arrangements between academia and business.  

 

Dr Paul Beasley, Head of R&D UK, Siemens.

Paul works closely with various academic institutes on collaborative R&D.

 

Jim Pearson, Partner, Abel & Imray.

Jim is experienced in working with businesses to define more clearly where ownership of IP lies re outputs of collaborative innovation.

 

8.45am arrival

9.00 am prompt start

Location: Donnington Grove Country Club is a calm oasis easily accessed from the M4, A34 and M25.

Cost

Members: free

Non-members: £350+vat

To book click here.

Apr 20

Innovation and Lean – a contradiction? 

Businesses become more procedural and structures become formalised as they age and grow.  We’ll look at how to keep innovation alive whilst striving to be lean and efficient.

 

Speakers

Phil Cooper, National Product Verification Programme Leader at National Physical Laboratory

+ Input from a panel of members of the Network on how Lean and Innovation relate to one another.

 

8.45 am arrival

9.00 am start

3.00 End

Location: National Physics Laboratory, Teddington

 

Cost

Members: free

Non-members: £350+vat

To book click here.

Jun 22

Innovating across cultural boundaries

Culture “eats strategy for breakfast” – not understanding the cultures of your stakeholder groups is likely to thwart your innovation strategy.  We’ll look at cultures on various levels and hear stories of real experiences.  
Speakers

Luis Benito, Innovation Strategy and Research Director, Lloyd’s Register, Marine and Offshore

Siobhan Soraghan, Director, Active Insight – Culture through the Hofstede lens.

Input from a range of Network members who do business in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

8.45 am arrival

9.00 am start

Location: Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre, Southampton

Cost

Members: free

Non-members: £350+vat

To book click on this link.