UKRO Conference 2019

Each year the UK Research Office (UKRO) organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers. The UKRO Conference 2019 will take place from Thursday 27 to Friday 28 June at the Edgbaston Hotel and Conference Centre, hosted by the University of Birmingham.


This year's event offered a mix of Research and Innovation policy-oriented plenary sessions and panel discussions with high-profile speakers, as well as parallel and practical sessions. 

UKRO Conference 2019 Programme



Thursday 27 June 2019

Plenary Sessions

Keynote speech: UKRI International and European Engagement
Tim Wheeler (Director for International, UK Research and Innovation UKRI)

Brexit Preparedness: Continuity of UK Involvement in Horizon 2020 and Beyond
Louise Dunsby (Head of Negotiations, EU R&I, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS), Jude Taylor (Programme Manager, UKRI)

Update on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Co-Creation
Alan Cross (Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission)

Parallel Sessions 1

A) Horizon Europe: Introducing Mission-Oriented Funding
Alan Cross (Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission)
B) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Facilitating Intersectoral Mobility in RISE Projects
Fredrik Olsson-Hector (Head of Unit, Research Executive Agency), Suzanne Crane (Collaborative Administrator, Northumbria University)
Manija Kamal (UKRI - ESRC), Rachel Kelley (UKRI - ESRC), Laura Carletti (European and International Manager, University of Cambridge)
Krzysztof Kania (Policy Officer, DG RTD, European Commission)
Claudia Marenco (Research Programme Officer, ERC Executive Agency)

C) EUREKA network – Opportunities and UK Chairmanship 2018/19
Dora Meredith (EU and Global Portfolio Manager, Innovate UK)

Friday 28 June 2019

Brexit and Beyond: How do our European Colleagues Engage with Horizon 2020 – What Advice do they give?
Case studies and Q&A
Mareike Schmitt (European Advisor, KoWi, Germany), Maddalena Tognola (Head of Grants and EU Research Office, University of Bern, Switzerland), and Tor Ivar Eikaas (Head of Office, Research Council of Norway Brussels Office)

Parallel Sessions 3

A) The Evolving Role of the ELO: Brexit, International and other Challenges Workshop facilitated by UKRO Subscriber Representatives

B) UKRO Legal and Finance Focus Group Meeting

C) Effective Project Management Tools: The European Commission’s OpenPM2 Methodology
Laurent Kummer (Senior Project Manager, DG DIGIT, European Commission)

Parallel Sessions 4

A) European Research Council (ERC) Legal and Financial Session
Veronica Williams (Head of Sector, ERC Executive Agency), Giuseppe Bambara (Head of Sector, ERC Executive Agency)

B) Open Science: The European Open Science Cloud and “Plan S”
Rachel Bruce (Head of Open Science, UKRI), Juan Bicarregui (Co-ordinator EOSCpilot and EOSC Executive Board Member) 

Engagement with European Research and Innovation Funding – Users' Insight and Advice
Workshop facilitated by BEIS, and Universities UK
Opportunity for European Liaison Officers to provide and discuss their expertise and experiences in working with international collaborative research awards, including EU framework programme funding.