Monday 25 January 2021

Virtual Conference: Creating Value for Economies - Collaborate, Innovate, Educate

Spring 2021 - Virtual Conference
Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate -  Innovate - Educate

We've been bringing you the conference that is written into our vision and is close to our heart.

The Tommy Flowers Network brings together the ICT industry and Academia with the new generation of universities' postgraduate researchers to understand the biggest challenges we're facing. We're living connected, digital lives in a world that's been radically changed by our use of technology and now through the pandemic as well. 

Many of the devices, applications and services we rely on today, and the technologies that underpin them, were inconceivable to previous generations. What happens next will be driven by the next generation of researchers coming out of universities. We need this new generation of research leaders to understand the ICT industry they will be inheriting - because they will be shaping our world from now on, and we want to support them to get it right!


Now more than ever this conference is well positioned to challenge the old and embrace the new. We will explore how this changed world can create opportunities for new ways of collaboration.

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Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Leaders from industry, academia and governance bodies will provide collaboration and innovation stories to inspire the future. 

Carol Fletcher, BT's Head of Academic and Research Partnerships and Mike Williams, our compere opened the conference

Talk: Please watch the recording of Dr Andrew Bourne, EPSRC – UKRI, Director Partnerships, for his view on the impact of collaboration on the UK economy in his presentation on "EPSRC - Creating Value for Businesses".

Talk: Please watch the recording of Joseph Spear of MVINE, providing his industry view on the impact of collaboration for his company and the economy in general. 

Demo: Shane Allum, BT will give a bite size demo from the Adastral Park Innovation Showcases.

Talk: Please see the profile and slide deck of Prof Idris Eckley, Lancaster University, who gave insights into his experience of collaboration with industry and the impact on innovation and the economy. 

Talk: Please watch the recording of Dr John Drake's italk of "I was a PGR once", a career that lives and breathes collaboration.

Keynote: Please watch the recording of Russell Beck Director of ImagineThinkDo. He gave an inspiring view on this new world of work, and asking the question: "Is Meaning the new Money?"

Panel: Please watch the recording of the lively panel discussion about "Creating Value for Economies"  with Dr Amanda Chmura form EPSRC, Joseph Spear, Prof Idris Eckly, Dr John Drake and Russell Beck answering the questions from the audience.

Day 2
Wednesday 24th March 2021

We'll showcase collaboration successes, with industry and academia driving latest innovations together. 

13:00 PM Carol Fletcher, BT's Head of Academic and Research Partnerships, will be opening the day and will be joined by Simon Parry, BT University Programmes.

13:05 PM - Panel Case study: Please join BT’s Dr Gilbert Owusu, Service & Operational Transformation. He will lead a case study panel discussion on "Maximising the value of Research". He'll be joined by expert collaboration leaders from Essex University, University of Loughborough, Robert Gordon University and Michigan State University. This sees Gilbert's former postgraduate research collaborators joining the team once again, showing the impact of collaboration on young careers.

13:40 PM - Demo: Shane Allum, BT will give another bite size demo from the Adastral Park Innovation Showcases.

13:45 PM - Keynote and interactive session: Ken Shaw from Benchmark Communication Techniques will add his view on this new world we live in, the skills needed and the questions that need to be asked in a talk on "Presentation Skills: New thoughts on an old subject". 

14:15 PM Carol Fletcher has a Fireside chat with Dr Alastair McGibbon from Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult.

14:30 PM Peter Brady from Orbital will give a deep dive on “MYSPIRA - A collaboration between Orbital, the NHS and the University of Suffolk

14:45 PM Dr Jon Chamberlain will deep dive as well on “Investigating Human Impact on Norfolk's Chalk Reef Using 3D Photogrammetry

Day 3

Thursday 25th March 2021

We'll dive deeper into collaboration stories and we explore the impact of a Digital Future on collaboration and innovation across sectors.

10:15 AM Carol Fletcher, BT's Head of Academic and Research Partnerships, will be opening the day.

10:20 AM - Panel Case study: Stephen Cassidy will be leading the Fireside chat and panel on "Prosperity: the Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure  NG-CDI "

10:50 AM - Talk: A collaboration deep dive from a different sector by Dr Malcolm Skingle, GlaxoSmithKline: "Driving Science through Collaboration"

11:10 AM - Talk: Lisa Perkins, BT Adastral Park & Research Realisation Director is talking on "Mind the Gap: How collaboration can help to address the skills gap".

11:35 AM - Demo: Shane Allum, BT will give another bite size demo from the Adastral Park Innovation Showcases.

11:40 AM - Keynote: Please join Prof Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol, UK for the closing keynote on "Collaborative research for sociodigital futures: interdisciplinary and cross-sectional perspectives".

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