The AE Cardiff Hub participated in the Welsh Government’s Horizon 2020 Annual Event celebrated on Thursday 4th July 2019 in Cardiff. The theme of the event was ‘Wales, UK, Europe and beyond: opportunities and challenges for research and innovation’. The event included an expert panel session, a networking lunch and presentations by Baudewijn Morgan, Head of the Horizon 2020 Unit, and Jeremy Miles AM, Counsel General and Brexit Minister, among others.
During the panel session, chaired by Professor Halligan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, experts discussed Wales’ research and innovation strengths in an international context. Despite the uncertainties created by Brexit, the panel was optimistic that Wales will continue to be present in Europe and beyond. Some of the Wales’s strengths highlighted during the debate included the high level of international collaboration; the great efficiency of published research; the important role of SMEs in research and innovation; the ample cross-disciplinary opportunities; the rich diversity; and all the work done in engaging the public and inspiring the next generation of researchers.
The panel was composed by:
- Patrick Child, European Commission
- Graham Allardice, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government
- Nia Lewis, International Relationships, Welsh Government
- Wyn Meredith, Compound Semiconductor Centre
- Liana Cipcigan, Cardiff University
- Martin Edlund, Minesto AB
- Wendy Sadler, Science Made Simple
- Baudewijn Morgan, Horizon 2020 Unit
The AE Cardiff Hub was one of the exhibitors, together with other institutions including Universities Wales, Welsh Government Innovation, Enterprise Europe Network, Business Wales and European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Wales.