How can Northern Ireland benefit from commitments to increase investment in research and innovation across the UK?
This round table will focus on the UK government's industrial strategy and target for 2.4% of GDP to be invested in UK R&D. It will explore how Northern Ireland can benefit from and contribute to this UK-wide ambition alongside its own research and innovation strategy.
In 2017, the UK government outlined an ambition in its industrial strategy for the UK to be the most innovative country in the world, committing to a target of 2.4% of GDP invested in UK R&D within ten years, and a longer-term goal of 3%.
To meet this target, the UK must create a vibrant environment that fosters research and innovation throughout the UK and across public services, universities and business, as well as attracting global investment. This roundtable will bring together large and small businesses, universities, and national and local policymakers and funders to assess how research and innovation varies across Northern Ireland, and explore strengths and opportunities.
This event will draw on local case studies to illustrate how successful research and innovation clusters have been established and where they are being built for the future. The discussion will draw on perspectives from individuals working across academia, business and Government.
Through this discussion, we will seek to identify the limiting factors on research and innovation activity in Northern Ireland as a basis to explore local, national and UK-wide levers that may enable participants to overcome these.
We will also explore how people across Northern Ireland can contribute to and share the benefits of R&D investment. We will share the findings of this discussion to inform ongoing policy and influencing activity locally and nationally.
To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.
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