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Alistair Darling to address CBI/QinetiQ Innovation conference

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, will visit the University of Aberdeen next week to deliver the keynote address at a prestigious event being held at King’s College Centre.

 The 'Innovation and Energy' conference, to be held on Friday 23 March 2007, is the final event in a series hosted by the CBI and QinetiQ, the international defence and security technology company.  It will focus on innovation and its role in resolving some of the UK's biggest issues – in particular the role that innovation and technology can play in addressing the country's energy supply and sustainability challenges.  The event will also mark the launch of a new report from the CBI and QinetiQ looking at average investment in innovation by firms in the UK.

Innovation is at the heart of business competitiveness and QinetiQ and the CBI are working together to encourage debate across government and business about the UK's innovation ecosystem and how this should be cultivated effectively. Previous events have attracted delegates from across the government, academic and commercial worlds and explored themes such as innovation and public procurement, business-university collaboration, and innovation in the supply chain. 

Alistair Darling, a graduate of the University, will deliver the keynote address.

Professor C Duncan Rice, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, will welcome guests and provide the introduction at this month's event.  He said: "We are delighted that the CBI and QinetiQ have decided to hold this event at the University of Aberdeen and we're equally pleased to be welcoming so many distinguished speakers and guests to the campus, in particular, the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, a graduate of Aberdeen.

"We can never do enough to help foster links between business and universities in this country. Making the connections is one thing, but we can't lose sight of the long term importance of the research base. Not all research takes place in a university setting nor should it.  The best model is that we do the research and industry does the development.  We also need to make sure there is always a place in our universities for the blue skies research that will bear fruit in decades.  Our role is to provide the reservoir of applicable ideas for world business."

The Innovation and Energy event will take place at King's College Centre, University of Aberdeen, on Friday, 23 March. The event is free, but places are limited so please register early.  For further details, and to register for the event, visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/r&i/business/events

 

 

The CBI / QinetiQconference will take place at King's College Centre, University of Aberdeen, on Friday, 23 March, 2007. For further information or to reserve a place at the event, please contact: Julie Greig, CPD Services, University of Aberdeen, telephone: (01224) 272523, fax: 01224 272079 or email: href="mailto:cpd@abdn.ac.uk">cpd@abdn.ac.uk</a></p>

Journalists who wish to attend should register their interest with the University of Aberdeen's Communications Office by contacting Angela Ferguson on: (01224) 272960.For further details or to register online visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/r&i/business/events


QINETIQ CONFERENCE PROGRAMME


SESSION 1 - Policy0900 - 0915  Registration and coffee 
0915 - 0930  Welcome and introductions, Professor C Duncan Rice, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
0930 - 0935  Introductions by the Chair - Iain McMillan, CBE, Director, CBI Scotland
0935 - 1005  Key note address - The Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
1005 - 1025  Melfort Campbell OBE, Chief Executive IMES Group and Chairman CBI Scotland
1025 - 1040  Questions and Answers Session
1025 - 1040  Coffee


SESSION 2 - Practice1105 - 1130  Graham Love, Chief Executive, QinetiQ
1130 - 1150  Professor Albert A. Rodger, Head of the College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen
1150 - 1210  Presentation by John Gallagher, Vice President, Technical (Europe), Shell Exploration and Production
1210 - 1230  Discussion, Questions and Answers
1230 - 1330  Buffet lunch including best practice workshops/interview time for delegates to speak with University of Aberdeen colleagues and other attendees from the region


 


 

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Friday 16th of March 2007

Ref: 3091CBI
Contact: Angela Ferguson

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