Gillian Sinclair, Service Development Manager for N8 High Performance Computing (N8HPC) was among the speakers at the prestigious Science & Innovation Conference last week.
The conference featured keynote presentations from John Dodds, Director of Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; David Golding, Head of Strategy at the Technology Strategy Board; Dave Delpy, Chief Executive, EPSRC; Graham Hillier, Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult; and Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE.
Topics covered at the event ranged from how investment in science and innovation is driving economic growth in the UK, to how business and researchers are collaborating on a greater scale to develop industrial applications for research and bridge the gap between innovation and commercialisation.
Up to 350 delegates attended the event, most of whom were at senior level, working in a variety of sectors including government, R&D, and higher education.
“The event was a great opportunity to talk about the work of the N8, and how the HPC is engaging with businesses and enabling skills transfer between the N8 universities and our industry partners. There was a really positive reaction to the discussions that took place – reflecting the strong line up of speakers and the recognition that university-industry collaborations can drive innovation.”
Earlier this year, the N8HPC was showcased to industry representatives, giving them an opportunity to learn more about how the N8HPC provides academic and industry researchers with access to a high performance computing facility alongside support and expertise. The N8HPC was also highlighted in the recent ‘Making the Best Better’ report as one of the innovative ways that universities are offering new opportunities for collaboration between institutions and with industry.