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Day 1 - 24th April 2018

  • Track theme: Transformation of Health and Care research through partnerships. Presented by the ‘Champion’ organisations representing industry, academia, public authorities and the healthcare industry

  • Congress registration and poster display commences – tea and coffee.

  • Welcome from event hosts

  • Shared Keynote: Establishing a roadmap for the future of health research collaboration and exploitation – Ed Whiting, Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, Wellcome Trust

  • Shared Keynote: Developing and proactively maintaining large-scale strategic partnerships with international organisations

  • Shared: Innovating at scale for a better quality of life for the world’s population – understanding how research funding will impact future care and strategy – Prof. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Chair of Joint Committee of the Nordic Medical Research Councils, Secretary General, Medicine and Health, Swedish Research Council

  • Tea & Coffee break

  • Session 1:
    Collaboration and Globalisation

  • Creating organisational programmes that ensure international partnering is more central to thinking and behaviour

  • International partnering – structuring and nurturing partnerships for success – Dr. Richard Hegele, Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • Panel session – thought leaders from healthcare industry, NGO, policy and academia share insight on partnering best practice and success

  • 12:30:

  • Keynote address – Large-scale Implemention of research outcomes in a care environment – creating a feedback loop to inform future research strategy

  • Session 2:
    Translation and implementation of research and innovation results into practice

  • Enabling research outcome implementation through PPPs – how to execute programmes that deliver results

  • Sharing IP – funding academic discovery and progress – models for future research

  • Addressing research challenges in university hospitals and strengthening interdisciplinarity – challenges and strategies to enhance the translational process in research – Dr. Petra Hintze, Head of Division Life Sciences, German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Tea & Coffee break

  • Session 3:
    Realising the promise of research – technology and knowledge transfer through academia and industry to public health

  • The perspective of national hospitals and healthcare owner organisations on current partnering and research opportunities – the future of hospitals and healthcare – Pascal Garel, Chief Executive, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)

  • Clustering academia, SMEs and private sector to enable successful health research outcomes

  • Panel session – Four leading universities discuss their strategy for successful research health outcomes and exploitation  

  • 18:00:
    Congress drinks reception

  • Day 1 closes


Day 2 - 25th April 2018

  • Track theme: Strategies to strengthen and leverage industry/academia partnerships

  • Shared Keynote – Applying international national and multi-sector approaches to addressing global health challenges – the UNAIDS experience and perspective as a pathfinder for other challenges – Annemarie Hou, Director of the Executive office and Chief of Staff, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  • Shared Keynote: Developing and proactively maintaining large-scale strategic partnerships within and between international organisations and stakeholders to address global health challenges – Tom Wang, Ph.D, Chief International Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Shared: Strategies for internationalisation – positioning the academic institution and industry partners for success

  • Tea & Coffee break

  • Session 1:
    Collaborative research – networks to enable success

  • Working as a global academic organisation in the context of future funding and policy challenges – Prof. Lokesh Joshi, Delegate, Research Policy Working Group, European University Association

  • Implementing frameworks to achieve recognised, measurable success – examples and advice

  • Building inter-disciplinary, multinational academia/academia and academia/industry partnerships

  • Open science research models: democratising innovation and discovery by linking academia, industry, government and NGOs – Dr Sarala Balachandran, Chief Scientist and Project Director, CSIR-IGIB, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) Project, India

  • 13:00:

  • Keynote: Investing in long-term relationships: sharing risk and accountability

  • Session 2:
    Sharing best practice in partnering in current research programmes

  • Future emerging technologies in health – linking research in FET in academia and industry

  • Understanding and managing international academic partnerships – Prof. Pancras Hogendoorn, Chair of the Group of Medical Deans, League of European Research Universities (LERU)

  • Tea & Coffee break

  • Shared Panel: Making a university a destination of choice for research partners and international scholars – sharing best practice between industry and academia

  • Closing remarks from track chair – creating an action plan for implementation

  • Congress ends

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