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IOP Business Briefing: Innovation in Wales – challenges and opportunities

Innovation drives the Welsh economy and the ‘Innovation Wales’ strategy has shown a path to build on this strength.

29 October 2013 18:30 – 22:00
ffresh Restaurant, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

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As our economy begins to recover, new opportunities begin to present themselves, but also new questions: how can we ensure we keep up with competitor nations, how best can we interact with European innovation support programmes? How can we harness on the strength of Welsh science to create a more innovative nation?

This discussion dinner examined these issues, with the aim of producing a briefing on the future of innovation in Wales. The event was chaired by Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the IOP. Our key speakers were David Rosser, Director of Innovation for the Welsh Government and Dr Peter Hargrave, Director of Innovation and Engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University.


David Rosser

David Rosser
Director of Innovation for the Welsh Government

David is responsible for taking forward the Department for the Economy, Science and Transport’s support for innovation and for operational delivery of the Government’s science strategy.

Prior to joining the Welsh Government he spent twelve years as CBI Director for Wales and the South West of England. In this role he was responsible for managing the CBI’s relationships with the Welsh Government, its largest corporate members in Wales and the South West, and was the organisation’s main media spokesman in the region.

Dr Peter Hargrave

Dr Peter Hargrave
Director of Innovation and Engagement, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University

Peter obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1997, and is now the Director of Innovation and Engagement at Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy. Peter is a SPIRE associate scientist and local Cardiff SPIRE manager.

Peter led the building and testing of the Cardiff SPIRE subsystems, is a member of SPIRE calibration team, and the Herschel Calibration Steering Group.