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Challenge Fund Conference- “Challenge-led Innovation: Delivering on the promise?”

28 March 2023 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This in person conference will bring experience and expertise from across the UK and beyond, focusing on the design and delivery of Challenge Funds. The conference aims to explore a key question facing many cities, regions and countries – is Challenge-led innovation delivering on the promise?

To answer this question, the conference will include a deep dive into process delivery, capturing knowledge and experiences from Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Basque Country.

Expect animated panel discussions as we compare and contrast process delivery with representatives from different countries and hear what lessons have been learned to date.

You will also have an opportunity to share your views and experiences of sector challenges within one of our three breakout sessions:

  • Social Care
  • Food sustainability
  • Decarbonisation

We will share ideas, hear how others have overcome similar problems and discuss the thorny question about how to disseminate good practice.

After a full day of knowledge exchange, we are sure that there will be plenty of interesting conversations to be had – so why not keep the discussion going and join us for a drinks reception and hot fork buffet after the plenary?

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Morning Plenary: Professor Lars Coenen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Panel discussion: Challenge-led Innovation from the UK and beyond. Chaired by Colan Mehaffey, Cardiff Capital Region. Panelists: Howell Davies, Martin Doherty, Kathy Nothstine, Elvira Uyarra

Panel discussion: Future directions for Challenge-led Innovation. Chaired by Professor Rick Delbridge, Cardiff University. Panelists: Kellie Beirne, Cynthia Bullock

Breakout sessions:

  • Decarbonisation, chaired by Laura Norris. Presentations from Jane Forshaw, Irfan Muhammad
  • Food Sustainability, chaired by Jane Lynch. Presentations from Robbie Davison, Liz Lambert
  • Social Care, chaired by Alexis Pala. Presentations from Donna Coyle, Adrian Roper

Afternoon Plenary: Exploring the Role of Place and Demand-Side Policies in the Implementation of New Generation Innovation Policies- Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester

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