UKSPA conference at Culham 7th – 8th November 2019

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The United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA), the national body which advises on the planning, development and creation of science parks and other locations to support high growth, knowledge-based organisations, is hosting a major conference at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon 7th – 8th November.

The event will be an ideal opportunity to follow up on the themes from the recent UKSPA National Conference as well as the latest innovation, trends and opportunities on a regional and national basis. The conference will look at future trends and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, soft landing strategies, scale up’s and business growth and much more. It will provide an opportunity to catch up on the changes taking place in the sector, consider recent developments, both nationally and internationally and discuss the opportunities that these offer.

The conference will look at the drivers for Oxford’s knowledge economy and sessions will consider current national trends for the science and innovation sector. The programme will include sessions on innovation and business support for SMEs, bio-incubation good practice and supporting life science SMEs, as well as keynote and discussion sessions. The event is supported by media partner Business & Innovation Magazine, the leading regional business magazine covering Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Nicky Godding, Editor-in-Chief of Business & Innovation Magazine, said: “Ambitious businesses need space to grow and support to thrive. We are delighted to support UKPSA and this conference. Through our magazine and on-line daily news service, we will be reporting on both days of the event, to share the ideas and successes showcased there.”

Adrian Sell, Communications Manager at UKSPA commented: “We are delighted to welcome Business & Innovation Magazine as the event media partner. The magazine and it’s editorially driven content is a perfect fit for the audience of this event and we look forward to working with the team”

As always, UKSPA events provide a mix of strategic discussions and the sharing of good practice in operating, developing and sustaining innovation locations and their occupiers.

The conference will also provide networking opportunities for UKSPA members and those with an interest in the development and growth of the UK innovation and technology sector.

The full programme will be available in mid-August but will include sessions on:

Culham, the Oxfordshire cluster and beyond

Discussion/panel sessions on the Knowledge Economy

Dedicated session streams on: Building successful innovative companies and Environment for innovation

Learning from Oxford including the Oxford-Cambridge ARC and the Oxfordshire Trailblazer project

Thursday 7 November 2019

To assist with transport, key timings are expected to be as follows:

Shuttle minibus from Didcot Parkway station to Culham Science Centre between 10:00 and 12:30

Registration opens at 11:15

Study tours planned for 11:30 – 12:30

Lunch available from 12:30 – 13:15

Sessions begin at 13:15 until 17:00

Evening reception/Conference Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon – from 19:30

Coach to Hilton Garden Inn, central Abingdon at 17:15.

Friday 8 November 2019

Coach from Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon at 09:00

Sessions begin at Culham Science Centre at 09:30

Lunch at 13:30 with optional study tours at 14:00

Shuttle minibus to Didcot Parkway between 13:30 and 15:30


Culham Science Centre

D5 Culham Science Centre



OX14 3DB

For directions to the Evening Reception Visit: Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon OX14 1TZ – 01235 553456

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ABOUT OUR HOSTS:  Culham Science Centre

In the late 1950’s the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) identified Culham as a suitable site for the construction of a brand new purpose built laboratory for plasma physics and fusion research. Construction of Culham Laboratory started in the early 1960’s and was officially opened in 1965 and this research programme continues today through Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) to create clean, sustainable energy sources for future generations.   2016 was a year for new beginnings. UKAEA branched out into two new exciting business areas both housed in bespoke new buildings on site : Materials Research Facility (MRF) established to analyse material properties in support of both fission and fusion research. It is part of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) initiative, launched by the Government and funded by EPSRC, to set up a multi-site programme giving academia and industry access to internationally-leading experimental equipment and Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) – a new facility at Culham Science Centre – building on UKAEAs expertise in remote handling from operating JET. It will offer access to industry and academia to state-of-the-art testing facilities, remote handling equipment and expertise to design, implement and operate complete robotic and autonomous solutions. Culham Science Centre continues to invest heavily by offering apprenticeships in mechanical engineering and advanced skills. The site now comprises of a cosmopolitan community of people, attracting diverse science and technology based businesses.  The Centre accommodates companies ranging from start-up/virtual serviced offices via the Culham Innovation Centre, through to laboratories/offices for mid to large organisations.

Taking place within The Culham Conference Centre, The UKSPA main sessions will be held in the John Adams Lecture Theatre whilst other sessions will take place in adjacent meeting rooms, the centre is also has ample networking facilities in open foyer areas. We thank The Culham Science and Conference Centres for offering to host the event and we look forward to welcoming you.


Business & Innovation Magazine, is the bi-monthly B2B title published by NK Media Ltd.  As the region’s biggest business publication covering, Oxfordshire, and The Thames Valley, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Coventry, and North Wiltshire, Business & Innovation Magazine’s database reaches a huge senior director-level sector and industry B2B audience. Business & Innovation Magazine is a great way to raise the profile of your organisation and promote the services and sectors you work in as well as the expertise within your teams. 10,000 printed copies of each issue are mailed directly to our up-to-date, unrivalled business and industry database and delivered to individual director-level key decision makers, senior business leaders, business innovators, and entrepreneurs.  Our magazine us supported by our news website and weekly e-newsletter. Editorially-driven, our publication carries unique, quality content covering a broad range of industries and business sectors. Our content showcases innovation and new ideas and supports the regional business ‘eco system’. Every issue includes dedicated insightful sector driven and industry topical editorial features, plus timely interviews with bosses of the region’s leading businesses.  As a regional B2B sector and industry publication we are categorically landing directly on the desks of more senior directors individually, from the B2B sectors below, than any other title.

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