The Business of Science Conference 2022

Celebrating the commercialisation of Science

Learn About Great Science. Connect with Great People. Develop Great Business.

The Business of Science conference 2022 will be held at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on Wednesday 15th June 2022.

About The Business of Science Conference

Science and the commercialisation of science continue to be fundamental to the economic growth of the UK and its economy. Following previous successful years in Manchester (2016 & 2017), Liverpool (2018), Leeds (2019) and Birmingham (2021), the Business of Science conference will be moving to Edinburgh in 2022 to highlight that City and Scotland’s wider and successful role in the development of ground-breaking science, innovation and invention.

Scotland has a long-held reputation for producing excellent science, encouraging innovative thinking and building international collaborative partnerships. Its research base helps drive the economy and attracts students, researchers and academics from around the world, enriching its society.

In January 2019, the Scottish Science Advisory Council published a report entitled “Scotland’s Science Landscape”; Scotland's Science Landscape Short Report.pdf ( highlighting that Scotland’s researchers are highly productive, highly mobile, develop high quality research and collaborate globally.

With increasing investment into STEM and the drive to increase relevant skills, as reflected in UK Government’s plans to increase R&D spend, this is a perfect time to welcome the conference to Scotland where the relationships between Science, Innovation, Business and Skills will again be discussed.

Headline Sponsor


15th June 2022

8 am - 6 pm


Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh

Our Sponsors


There has been a really strong focus on climate change and sustainability at this year’s conference. It’s excellent that we’re recognising the issues that face us as businesses in science and trying to do something about it with the power that we have as a community.
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Imperial College London


£180 + VAT EARLY BIRD tickets
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Course Resources
  • Post Conference Drinks
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Our Speakers

Join the Science industry's top thought leaders and influencers across a wide range of specialisms and sectors.

Steve Bennett
Steve Bennett
Founder & Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
Dr Hermione Cockburn
Science Director, Dynamic Earth
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert
Professor of Vaccinology at Jenner Institute, University of Oxford
Sarah Davidson
Group Sustainability Coordinator, Croda Europe Ltd
naomi weir
Naomi Weir
Programme Director, Innovation at CBI
Paul Mason
Paul Mason
Director, Innovation Policy, Innovate UK
Dr Andy Clifton
Technical Director, Domino UK
Dr Julian Philpott
Automation Manager, Domino Printing Services
Dr Tom Whitehead
Head of Machine Learning, Intellegens AI
Dr Natasha Jeremic
Ink Development Manager, Domino Printing Sciences
sunil vadera
Prof Sunil Vadera
Professor of Computer Science, University of Salford
Dennis Dokter
Nexus (University Team), Collaboration Team
David McKee
CEO, Slingshot Simulation and Co-Chair, Digital Twin Consortium - UK
Ming Tang
Ming Tang
Chief Data & Analytics Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Gail Cardew
Gail Cardew
CEO, The Linnean Society of London
Simon Grant
Simon Grant
Technical Director & Sustainability Project Manager, Thomas Swan Ltd
Geoff Mackey
Dr. Geoff Mackey
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF
dr carol- treasure
Dr Carol Treasure
Founder & CEO, XCellR8
Joe Sweeney
Professor Joe Sweeney
Dean of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford
Kay Hussain
Kay Hussain
CEO, WISE Campaign
katie passley
Katie Passley
Regional Counsel, Croda
kirsty hewitson
Kirsty Hewitson
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Dr Jaclyn Bell
Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London
dr kyra sedransk campbell
Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell
Royal Society and EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, The University of Sheffield
Dr Lucy Smith
Technical Collaboration Lead, Materials Processing Institute
veronika elfmarkova
Veronika Elfmarkova
ECOPact Product Manager, London Concrete
michael kenyon
Michael Kenyon
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Innoval Technology
Sandy Findlay
Sandy Findlay
Partnership Director, ABGI UK
Kevin Hudson
Sales and Marketing Director, William Blythe Limited
Ian Bailey
CEO, inov-8
Dr Sophie Dale-Black
Dr Sophie Dale-Black
Director, UK Network – Midlands and North England, British Business Bank
Mike Butler
Michael Butler
Technical Director, William Blythe Limited
natasha boulding
Dr Natasha Boulding
CEO & Co Founder, Sphera
Chris Strong
Chris Strong
Director of Skills & Employability, We are IVE
James Baker
James Baker
CEO Graphene@Manchester, The University of Manchester

The Agenda

08:00 – 09:00 Registration, Breakfast & Networking.
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome to BoSC22 & Housekeeping
Steve Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
09:15 – 09:35 Welcome to Edinburgh, Edinburgh as a Centre for Science & Innovation
Hermione Cockburn, Science Director, Dynamic Earth
09:35 – 10:00 The Challenge of “Disease X”
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, University of Oxford
10:00 – 10:20 Data Ethics and Innovation
Felicity Burch, Executive Director, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
10:20 – 10:40 Innovation and Risk
Naomi Weir, Programme Director, Innovation at CBI
10:40 – 11:00 Innovation, Business & Funding
Paul Mason, Director, Innovation Policy, InnovateUK
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break and networking
11:30 - 12:30 Three Parallel Breakout Sessions
AI, Manufacturing and Productivity
Dr Andrew Clifton – DominoUK (Session Facilitator)
Data Ethics and Place
Dr. Martin Stow – Nexus (Session Facilitator)
Biodiversity and Sustainability
Gail Cardew – The Linnean Society (Session Facilitator)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and Networking
BoS Innovation Award Finalists entries viewed over lunch by attendees.
13:30 - 13:45 Welcome back by Steve Bennett
13:45 – 14:30 Topic to be advised;
Panel discussion with:
Professor Joe Sweeney – University of Salford (Headline Sponsor)
14:30 – 15:30 Three Parallel Breakout Sessions
Stand-alone Careers session for students
Dr Jaclyn Bell – Imperial College London
Sarah Davidson – Croda
Natalie Hood – Jotun Paints Europe
The Business of Space
Sandy Findlay – ABGI (Session Facilitator)
TBA – Skyrora
Advanced Materials and Innovation
Kevin Hudson – William Blythe Ltd (Session Facilitator)
15:30 – 16:00 Science & Innovation “Future Leaders” – Challenges and Solutions
16:00 - 16:30 Presentation of BoS Innovation Awards
Primary: Chris Strong – IVE
Secondary: James Baker – GEIC
18+: Paul Mason – InnovateUK
16:30– 16:45 Overview and BoSC2023
Steve Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Business of Science Ltd
16:45 - 18:00 Networking and Drinks

Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh

If you would like any further information regarding the 2022 Business of Science conference or would like to inquire about sponsorship, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are open from 9am — 5pm weekdays.

Phone: (0161) 532 8599