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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Welsh Government's Horizon 2020 Annual Event

Welsh Government's Horizon 2020 Annual Event


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This year’s event, hosted by the Welsh Government’s Horizon 2020 Unit, will highlight how an outward-facing Wales benefits from engagement with the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. We will explore how continued commitment to collaborate with Europe and the rest of the World will drive Wales’ competitiveness and growth.

Researchers, businesses and policy-makers alike will have the opportunity to hear presentations from key note speakers such as Mark Drakeford AM, Finance Secretary and the European Commission. The afternoon will provide expert workshops.


09:30     Registration and refreshments

10:00     Welcome and Introduction - Geraint Green, Head of Horizon 2020 Unit

10:15     Mark Drakeford AM - Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government                          

10:30     Patrick Child - Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

10:45     Welsh Successes – Video

11:00     Tea/Coffee

11:15     Expert Panel
               Chair: Professor Halligan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales
               Panel members:

  • Patrick Child, European Commission
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation, Welsh Government
  • David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University
  • Santi Dominguez, Chairman and CEO, IMSPEX Diagnostic Ltd 
  • Gash Bhullar, Managing Director, Control2K Ltd

12:15     Finish with lunch and networking

13:30     Specialist workshops focussing on:

  • Innovation Funding for SMEs - REGISTER HERE
  • Networks for Opportunities - European Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing and the Bioeconomy - REGISTER HERE