UKRO Conference 2019

9:00 AM 27 June - 5:00 PM 28 June 2019
UKRO , Edgbaston Conference Centre, University of Birmingham, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Each year the UK Research Office (UKRO) organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European Research Managers, Research Councils and policy makers. Following a highly successful conference at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, the 2019 edition of the UKRO Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 27 to Friday 28 June at the Edgbaston Conference Centre, University of Birmingham.

The 2019 Conference will include a number of expert speakers from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, and also from UKRI. EU funding practitioners and evaluators will also help to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants.


Thursday 27 June 2019

  • 10:00-10:45 Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 10:45-12:00 Update on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Co-Creation
    • Alan Cross (DG RTD, European Commission)
  • 12:00-13:00 Brexit Preparedness: Continuity of UK Involvement in Horizon 2020 and Beyond
    • Speakers from BEIS and UKRI on policy and operational aspects
  • 13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 Parallel Sessions
    • A) Horizon Europe: Introducing Mission-Oriented Funding
    • Alan Cross (DG RTD, European Commission)
    • B) Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions: Forming Successful Partnerships
    • Rodrigo Gutierrez-Dominguez (Research Executive Agency)
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:30-16:30 Parallel Sessions
    • A) Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020
    • Krzysztof Kania (DG RTD, European Commission), Laura Carletti (University of Cambridge)
    • B) UKRO Legal and Finance Focus Group Meeting
    • C) EUREKA network – Opportunities and UK Chairmanship 2018/19
    • Dora Meredith (Innovate UK)
  • 16:30-18:00 Networking Workshop and Reception -Meet Your UKRI Horizon 2020 NCPs!
    • Reception hosted by the University of Birmingham
  • 19:00 Conference Dinner – Indian Curry and Entertainment Night

Friday 28 June 2019

  • 9:30-10:30 Brexit and Beyond: How do our European Colleagues Engage with Horizon 2020 – What Advice do they give?
    • Case studies and Q&A
    • Mareike Schmitt (KoWi, Germany), Maddalena Tognola (University of Bern, Switzerland), and Tor Ivar Eikaas (RCN Brussels Office, Norway).
  • 10:40-11:40 Parallel Sessions
    • A) Why is Consideration of Gender in Horizon 2020 Important?
    • B) Effective Project Management Tools: The European Commission’s OpenPM2 Methodology
    • C) Participating in EIT KICs: How to Make it Work?
    • Katie Price (University of Oxford), Rooqia Malik (University of Birmingham)
  • 11:40-12:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:00-13:00 Parallel Sessions
    • A) European Research Council (ERC) Legal and Financial Session
    • Veronica Williams (ERC Executive Agency)
    • B) Open Science: The European Open Science Cloud and “Plan S”
    • Juan Bicarregui (Co-ordinator EOSCpilot and EOSC Executive Board Member)
  • 13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
  • 14:00-15:15 UKRI International Showcase Panel
  • 15:15-15:30 Wrap Up and Conference Close


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