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Past Events 2018

Over 11,200 people have attended the 160 plus events we have run for local businesses and innovators, with around 100 people attending each event.

The following is a selection of events that we have delivered in 2018, covering themes from innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise. You can view more information and presentations from each event.

This session presented a holistic view of Dementia, from research through to practice and care. Outlining some of the leading research work done to date and the new developments including the £250m Dementia Research Institute. It also looked at current practitioner and carer approaches in Wales and how current and future research is impacting NHS practice and community care.

Date: 31 January 2018
Chair: Professor Keith Harding, Chair of Architectural Science, Cardiff University


  • Dr. Annie Proctor, Consultant Geneticist & Clinical Board Director Mental Health Services, Cardiff & Vale UHB at NHS Wales - Cardiff & Vale UHB and its approach to dementia
  • Prof. Julie Williams, Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University  - Cardiff University & its work on dementia
  • Prof. Antony Bayer, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Cardiff University - Dementia projects & their outcomes in Cardiff
  • Beti George, Broadcaster & Journalist - A personal experience

This session presented an opportunity to hear from Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, who joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Ruth has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Innovation Advisory Panel and the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee. Ruth was also a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years. Ruth was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to business, innovation and skills. The event discussed the latest developments in Innovate UK’s support for UK innovators, with a particular focus on activities in Wales. Ruth described the new opportunities available within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and through the formation of UK Research and Innovation.

Date: 28 February 2018
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Mckernan, CBE - CEO Innovate UK

This lecture was delivered in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales (LSW) and The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE).

This session looked at data science and analytics and in particular the link to innovative practices and the current skills gap in the UK. Speakers from ONS gave an overview of the impressive new Data Science Campus, its strategy and methods. While the University outlined some of the existing and future initiatives for addressing the skills gap.

Date: 18 April 2018
Chair: Professor Rick Delbridge, Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Cardiff University


Businesses are used to working with Universities around technology driven innovation. As important for organisations adapting to the future is the social element. This event looked at how organisations can harness the knowledge and expertise of the disciplines around how people behave. This includes law, business modelling, trade and employer relations, human factors, behavioural change and many more. Speakers from both the University and industry outlined some of the major challenges and areas of opportunity.

Date: 18 July 2018
Chair: Professor Rick Delbridge, Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Cardiff University


The advances in technology and peoples changing perceptions, mean travel around the UK could dramatically change. This will affect how we move people, services and goods, creating a new ecosystem of mobility. The shift will affect far more than automakers—industries from insurance to health care and from energy and media, should reconsider how they create value in this emerging environment.

There is already significant activity happening in the UK in this area and the UK's Industrial Strategy outlines Future Mobility as one of four key themes, aiming to place the UK as a world leader in this space.

This session explored some of the themes around future mobility, with particular focus on autonomous vehicles. Speakers from industry and academia shared some of the latest developments and encouraged engagement on future opportunities such as the Industrial Strategy.

Date: 26 September 2018
Chair: Professor Sam Evans, Head of School of Engineering, Cardiff University


  • Prof Simon Gibson CBE, Chief Executive, Wesley Clover - 'Autonomous Vehicles, Changing perceptions of vehicle ownership and modern living
  • Robin Gissing, Innovation Technologist, Heathrow Innovation Team - 'Automating Heathrow'
  • Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, Cardiff University - 'Cardiff University Transport Futures Research Network'

A recording of this event will be available shortly.