Impact and Innovation conference 2020

The 2020 Impact and Innovation Conference features a panel of expert speakers who will showcase a range of innovation themed presentations to inspire research staff and guests from industry.

You are invited to register for the second Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM) Impact and Innovation Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Leeds on Friday 28th February 2020.

Register and book you place.

A panel of expert speakers will showcase a range of impact and innovation themed presentations. Our event will provide you with the opportunity to experience a series of inspirational speakers who will present:

  • Advice on demonstrating impact beyond REF2021
  • Development of impact case studies
  • Collaborations with industry through knowledge transfer partnerships
  • Commercialising research through a spin-out company
  • Securing innovation funding from the MRC

The impact competition will feature three activities: 1) poster competition; 2) image competition and 3) three minute 'turbo-pitch' competition.

This event aims to build upon the huge success of the inaugural event a year ago by attracting more visiting academics from other research intensive universities and extending the invitation to contacts from industry. The line up of speakers looks fantastic and the range of competitions open to academics and PhD students should encourage strong participation. I am sure it will be a very worthwhile day for anyone considering how to translate their research into commercial activity. 


Join us for lunch; take the opportunity to network with academics from research intensive universities and guests from industry; and spend a day focusing on impact, conceiving new ideas for collaboration, or just being inspired.


Prof Lisa Roberts – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, University of Leeds

Professor Roberts will talk about the University’s research and innovation strategy, and the support from Leeds for delivering high-impact world-leading research carried out at Leeds.

Prof Brian Walker – Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Research Strategy and Resources, Newcastle University

Professor Walker is also Chair of the BHF Project Grants Committee, current member of the MRC Population & Systems Medicine Board and of the Clinical Medicine sub-panel for REF2021. He is a clinician scientist whose research on stress hormones reveals novel insights into pathology and pharmacology of steroid action. Professor Walker will speak about his experience of pursuing impact in his research on steroid hormones in cardiovascular disease.

Prof Nick Plant – Dean for Research Quality and Impact – University of Leeds

Professor Plant will offer insight on the importance of focusing on the impact of research in order to establish industry-academia partnerships.

Prof Aroon Hingorani - Chair of Genetic Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College London

Professor Hingorani's research applies genomic data to help identify new drug targets for heart disease prevention and treatment. He will speak about his experience in establishing large-scale collaborative studies both nationally and internationally, and how genetic studies in populations can be exploited to identify and validate drug targets.

Prof Helen Philippou – Professor of Translational Medicine – University of Leeds

Professor Philippou will speak about her experience in securing funding for research, with a focus on the MRC Confidence in Concept award and British Heart Foundation grants.

Dr Richard Weller – Reader in Dermatology – University of Edinburgh

Doctor Weller will speak about the development of his spin-out company and his experience in commercialising research.

Giulia Bosseli – Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK

Giulia Bosseli is the Precision Medicine Knowledge Transfer Manager at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). She will speak about the KNT activities to facilitate collaborations among businesses, academia, and research institutions.