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Beyond Brexit: New approaches to sustaining UK-EU partnerships in science, technology & innovation

A Science|Business Network event (members only)

The UK’s prospective withdrawal from the EU in March 2019 has cast a shadow over the research and innovation landscape. Cross-border scientific collaboration has been one of the undoubted success stories of the European project to date. Yet many uncertainties remain, from access to the EU’s framework programmes and mobility of talent to the impacts on industrial R&D networks and regulatory alignment.   

Against this backdrop, new strategic alliances are being established between leading UK actors and European counterparts. In part, this can be seen as a way to mitigate various risks surrounding the Brexit process. However, it is also about protecting a critical legacy of partnership and established value chains, and the continued co-creation of breakthrough science and technologies for a sustainable European future.

The purpose of this Science|Business Network event is therefore: (1) for our members to share their latest strategies and approaches to planning for an unpredictable future, and (2) to discuss ways in which UK-European research partnerships can more effectively strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and contribution to solving global challenges.


Hosted by

Imperial College London



12:45                   Registration & buffet lunch

13:30                   Welcome & introductory remarks

Prof. Maggie Dallman – Vice President (International) and Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships), Imperial College

13:40                   Beyond Brexit: Rethinking R&I collaboration models in an age of uncertainty

Exploring the new thinking and strategies being deployed by companies, universities, and research funding agencies to sustain excellent science & technological partnerships   

Moderated by Simon Pickard, Network Director, Science|Business                     

14:50                   Coffee break

15:10                   From Risk to Opportunity: Priority areas for future UK-EU R&I partnerships

Identifying the domains and sectors where continued collaboration has the greatest urgency and potential benefit, both for Europe in an international context and in response to macro trends & global challenges.   

Moderated by Simon Pickard, Network Director, Science|Business

16:30                   End of roundtable

Participants will then be invited to enjoy a short tour of Imperial’s recently opened I-HUB, followed by a networking drink with spectacular sunset views over London!  


For more information, please contact Stefania Gavra (