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Research Councils showcase UK’s world-leading research and innovation in first Research, Innovate, Grow conference


Today (2nd July 2015), more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, world-leading researchers, parliamentarians and policymakers will gather at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster for an exciting and interactive showcase event, which demonstrates the Research Councils’ ambition to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) event highlights some of the ground-breaking and innovative research funded by the seven Research Councils through interactive exhibits, with the researchers involved talking about their work with attendees.

Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson, who is introducing the event, said: “Today is another fantastic opportunity to see first-hand the impact of our world-leading research base in driving technological innovation, promoting investment and informing public policy. Today’s theme – ‘Research, Innovate, Grow’ – precisely captures the important role that great science and research have to play in our long-term economic plan.”

Professor Rick Rylance, Chair of RCUK, said: “We are delighted to be holding such an exciting and engaging event to show how the UK is a world leader in research and innovation, with a reputation for excellence of which we are immensely proud. We truly punch above our weight on the global stage in terms of the quality of research we produce and its high impact on economic growth and prosperity. Strong, sustained investment in the UK research base is essential to strengthen and let fly the excellence, creativity and impact of the UK’s world leading researchers, innovators and businesses. We need to invest now to secure its future.”

The event also includes the following speakers from across industry and academia:

  • Dr Menelas Pangalos, Executive Vice President, Innovative Medicines & Early Development, AstraZeneca
  • Ric Parker, Director of Research & Technology, Rolls Royce
  • Professor Tim Leighton, Chair, Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention (NAMRIP), University of Southampton
  • Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Ruth McKernan, CEO, Innovate UK
  • Paul Mason, Head of Development, Innovate UK
  • Professor Andrew Morris FRSE FMedSci., Director, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
  • Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Sean Ward, Chief Technology Officer, Synthace

The Research Councils’ ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

This requires:

  • long-term investment in world-class research and innovation
  • realisation of the full potential of the UK research and innovation ecosystem
  • development of the right skills, leadership and infrastructure to fuel a sustainable economy and create high quality jobs.

The Research Councils will do this by:

  • shaping a world-leading research base with strength across disciplines
  • accelerating innovation and impact from this excellent research base
  • collaborating and co-investing with Innovate UK
  • driving new multidisciplinary research programmes
  • working together to maximise impact and further drive efficiency.

Further information about Research Innovate Grow and the work of the Research Councils in securing this ambition is available in our short film and the Research Innovate Grow brochure

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Further information

Nicholas Turner
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Tel: 01793 444592 or email: Nicholas Turner

Notes to editors

  1. RCUK’s invitation-only Research Innovate Grow conference is taking place on 2nd July 2015. Further information, including the event programme, is available at: You can follow the debate on Twitter: @research_uk #rcukrig

  2. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at

    The seven UK Research Councils are:

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