Fourth Annual COLLABORATE:
On Tuesday 17th October 2017 Swansea University hosted the fourth Annual COLLABORATE conference, bringing together more than 300 delegates, speakers and exhibitors from: academia, government and industry to celebrate and promote collaborative projects and partnerships across the life science sector.
The day was opened by the Swansea University’s Chief Registrar Raymond Ciborowski, and Swansea University Medical School’s Dean and Head Professor Keith Lloyd. In opening the conference Professor Lloyd welcomed delegates by expressing the importance of collaborative working to the vitality of the health and life science sectors and how academia and industry must continue to work together to bring transformative research to market.
Professor Marc Clement (Dean of the School of Management) Councillor Rob Stewart (Leader of Swansea City and County Council), and Mark James (Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council) then set the regional scene, updating on the progress being made on the Swansea City and Regional deal and the transformative effect this investment will have on the regional economy with health and life science at the forefront of this regional economic renaissance.
Delegates then broke into four engaging and challenging workshops focusing on collaborative working to promote development in the health and life science sector, before reconvening in the Taliesin Theatre for University and Industry Showcases. Speakers from Universities across Wales and businesses such as Siemens, Fujitsu, Pfizer UK and IBI Group all contributed to discussions on advances being made sector wide, before the final panel discussion on ‘The future of Health and Wellbeing in Wales Post-Brexit.’
Outside the main auditorium the COLLABORATE exhibition was a hive of networking activity with over 40 exhibitor stands seeking collaborative partnerships.
The event demonstrated the strength of the life sciences industry across the region, the length and breadth of Wales, and how Swansea University is at the heart of collaborative projects driving forward health, life sciences and regional economic regeneration. The COLLABORATE was a resounding success and expressions of interest for 2018 are welcomed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.