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Industry and innovation

The UK has an outstanding track record of industry innovation. World-class industrial research plays an important role in and is essential for transforming innovative ideas into commercially successful products and services. Innovative economies see greater growth and productivity, while companies that innovate grow twice as fast as those which do not.

The increasing importance of the knowledge-driven economy means that the flow of ideas and skills between the research base, industry, business and the wider community is crucial to future prosperity. The complexity of many existing social and economic challenges makes collaboration essential to research and innovation.

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  • Building a stronger future: Research, innovation and growth

    The UK National Academies set out key priorities and actions for the next Government to make the UK the location of choice for world class research, development and innovation.

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  • Machine learning

    A new Royal Society project on machine learning to stimulate debate involving policy makers, industry and the wider publics.

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  • Transforming our future conference series

    The Royal Society is running a new series of unique, high-level conferences to address the major scientific and technical challenges of the next decade.

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  • Inspiring Innovations and Success Stories

    A collection of profiles showcasing how the translation of scientific breakthroughs into commercial success has been achieved in the UK.

    Explore the case studies

  • Dowling Review response

    Royal Society submission to the Dowling Review of business-university collaboration which sets out the Society’s positions about the ways in which Government can support collaborations between businesses and Universities.

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  • Submission to the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy

    The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society jointly submitted a contribution to the Government’s 2014 Science and Innovation Strategy.

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  • UK research and the EU

    The Society is gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on research.

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  • Royal Society Enterprise Fund

    The objective of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund is to become a financially successful contributor to early-stage company support and a role model for the translation of excellent science for commercial and social benefit.

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Related events

Related events
  • UK research and innovation: visions for 2030

    Policy lab

    13 June 2016

  • UK research and innovation: visions for 2030

    13 June 2016

    Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London

    • Series: Policy lab

    This event will look ahead to 2030 to consider what UK research and innovation could achieve in the future, and what it would take to get there. 

Fellows working in this area

Sir Simon Campbell

Sir Simon Campbell is an innovative medicinal chemist who has made notable contributions to the pharmaceutical industry - he was directly involved in the discovery of three of the world’s best-selling prescription drugs.

He served as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2004 to 2006, and is currently co-chair of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.

Dr Hermann Hauser

Best known for setting up Acorn Computers, developer of the iconic ‘BBC Micro’, Dr Hauser has successfully developed and financed over 100 high-tech companies while offering inspiration and mentorship to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

He is currently co-chair of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.