​UKRO Conference 2018

Each year the UK Research Office organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers.
The UKRO Conference 2018 took place from Thursday 21 until Friday 22 June at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) in Southampton.
The 2018 edition included a number of expert speakers, predominantly from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, but also from the UK Research Councils. EU funding practitioners and evaluators also helped to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants.
Twitter tag: #UKROConf


UKRO Conference 2018 Programme (.pdf)


Thursday 21 June 2018

Plenary Sessions

Keynote Speech: Inside Horizon 2020 and Looking Ahead to Horizon Europe
Dr Neville Reeve (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)

Continuity of UK Involvement in Horizon 2020 and Beyond
Colin Sherwood (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Parallel sessions 1

A) IMI2: Linking Academia with Industry in Pharmaceutical Research
Dr Hugh Laverty (Head of Scientific Operations at Innovative Medicines Initiative)

B) How to be successful in the European Research Council’s Evaluations?
Martin Hobdey (European Research Council Executive Agency)

Parallel sessions 2

A) UKRO Legal & Finance Focus Group: Updates and Data Privacy in Horizon 2020

B) How to succeed in the MSCA Innovative Training Networks Calls?
Dr Audrey Arfi (ITN Call Coordinator, Research Executive Agency)
Dr Emily Taylor (ITN Evaluator, University of Cambridge)

C) European Institute of Innovation and Technology: Post 2020 Strategy in the Making
Dr Gauthier Grousset (DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission) 

Plenary Sessions 

European Liaison Officers Discussion and Exchange Session with UKRO, Welcome Trust, Universities UK International and the Royal Society

Friday 22 June 2018

Plenary Sessions 

Impact and Innovation in Horizon 2020
Dr Eugene Sweeney (European IPR Helpdesk)

Parallel sessions 3

A) European Universities – a Game Changer in Higher Education?
Francesca Maltauro (DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission)
Anne-May Janssen (Universities UK International)

B) UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Context of Horizon 2020
Jacopo Bordignon (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission) 

Parallel sessions 4

A) Data Dashboard, Personnel Cost Wizard and other Novelties in the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
Dr Peter Härtwich (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)

B) Research Impact: the Link between Horizon 2020 Funded Projects and the Research Excellence Framework
Dr Steven Hill (Research England, UK Research and Innovation)
Xavier Rodde (University of Birmingham)
Peter Staniczenko (University of Southampton)

Plenary Sessions 

International Cooperation to Tackle Global Challenges
Prof Philip Nelson (Executive Chair of EPSRC, UK Research and Innovation)