Local growth webinar: Understanding science and innovation audits

When: 23 / 11 / 2017 1pm - 23 / 11 / 2017 2pm

When: 23 / 11 / 2017 1pm - 23 / 11 / 2017 2pm
Where: Webinar
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Join us for a webinar on science and innovation audits (SIAs) with the NHS Confederation, Smart Specialisation Hub and Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

What are science and innovation audits?

In 2015, the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, announced a series of science and innovation audits to maximise the UK's innovation strengths internationally.

Given the clear evidence between research and development spending and national productivity, the policy was set out in the Productivity Plan, which stated:

“It is crucial that the UK supports excellence wherever it is found. The government will therefore invite universities, cities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and business to work with the government to map the strengths of different regions through a series of science and innovation audits.” 

The data and analysis generated by the SIA (in essence deep dives in particular geographical areas) will also boost the work of the new Smart Specialisation Hub, which has been tasked with building the evidence base and developing a community of best practice around smart specialisation in England. 

There have been three waves of SIAs launched to date, several of which relate to regional excellence health-related innovation.

What will I learn?

Several SIAs have now been completed or have been launched, with wave 3 imminent. But there is still a lack of real awareness across the NHS as to the background to SIAs, the next steps in this process, the true value of SIAs to local economic planning and the geographies involved.

This webinar will provide a brief background to the local growth agenda in England and SIAs.

This will be the second in a new series of webinars held in conjunction with the Smart Specialisation Hub

Who should attend?

This series will be of particular interest for NHS staff working in research, development and innovation.

Who will I hear from?

  • Michael Wood, Local Growth Adviser, NHS Confederation
  • Andrew Basu-McGowan, Policy Manager, Smart Specialisation Hub
  • Dr Nick Scott-Ram, director of commercial development, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

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Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Michael Wood
07872 604 109

23 / 11 / 2017 1pm - 23 / 11 / 2017 2pm
Where: Webinar
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