Maritime UK SW: £7.5M Innovation Launchpad, People & Decarbonisation Summit. Plymouth 3rd Nov.

Maritime UK SW are pleased to announce the £7.5M Innovation Launchpad.

In order to provide a briefing, in person Q&A and business case studies on successful previous Innovate UK applications Maritime UK have pulled together a full day event which will also cover People & Decarbonisation

As part of the Launchpad programme, the region is set to receive up to £7.5m of investment to drive innovation and business growth, building on its strengths in marine and maritime.

Innovation, People & Decarbonisation are three of the key issues affecting our sector and three areas where Maritime UK SW have key delivery programmes.

Maritime UK SW are organising a free event to enable businesses from across the South West to come together face to face and get involved.

The event will cover three themes, Innovation, People & Decarbonisation:

– Access innovation funding and support specific to maritime businesses. 

Maritime UK SW have run a number of similar events over the last few years focussed around innovation and other sources of funding including the recent DFT Clean Maritime Demonstrator Competition. This event will provide a similar level of information, case studies and support to access innovation funding with case study examples from South West businesses and links to regional research partners and support.   

– Help shape and benefit from a Maritime UK SW led programme to drive take up of careers across our sector and help deliver much needed skills. 

Speaking to businesses across the region, access to the right skills would appear to be an huge issue which unites the sector, from deep sea shipping to ocean technology. Maritime UK SW have organised some careers and skills activity to date but mainly relying on national expertise from Maritime UK but with minimal resource here in the South West to enable regular or scaled delivery. Maritime UK SW now plan to significantly scale up support and seek support from the industry to help codesign a people programme fit for the sector in the SW. 

– Decarbonise our sector and make informed de-risked investment decisions. 

Maritime UK SW plan an evidence base and strategy to help de-risk and enable accelerated investment in marine and maritime decarbonisation. With numerous pioneering businesses and projects already underway in the SW this event will help communicate this workstream and explain how businesses can get involved and benefit. 

The event will run from 10.30-3.45 and will include a free networking lunch and networking drinks afterwards.

Draft Agenda

10:30 Welcome from hosts, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Icarus Allen, Chief Executive

10:40 Maritime UK SW intro to the day Sheldon Ryan

10:50 IUK Launchpad Funding overview, Layla Burrows

11:10 Q&A

11:30 IUK Collaborative R&D case study – Improving Observation Capabilities of Biodiversity in UK Waters, Sebastian Mynott, General Manager, Applied Genomics and Karen Tait, PML.

11:45 IUK Collaborative R&D case study – Monitoring and forecasting seawater visibility with remote sensing and artificial intelligence, Dima Karamshuk, CEO and co-founder, Marla

12:00 Innovation Support via Innovate UK Edge, Deborah Watson

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:30 Talent supply, an employer’s perspective: Jake Cronk, MD, Twisted Marine and Salcombe Marine Services.

13:45 MUK People Programme, SW best practice in careers and what could we do to drive more talent into our sector? Sheldon Ryan and Emma Hewitt, Building Plymouth

14:00 Maritime UK SW plans to deliver a Clean Maritime Evidence Base and Strategy, Prof Chris Smith

14:15 Refreshments

14:45 TRIG Funding, Kate Drury, Head of UK SHORE R&D Projects, Department for Transport

15:00 New SW Project: £5.4million project aims to develop world’s largest network of electric workboats, Sarah Fear, University of Plymouth

15:15 IUK Collaborative R&D case study – HydroSurv, David Hull, Founder & CEO

15:30 Closing comments

15:45 Close, Networking drinks at The Waterfront bar, PL1 3DQ

To sign up to the Plymouth event on 3rd November

There will be an online option for both events but attendance in person is strongly recommended. It is hard to enable collaborative R&D if we don’t meet face to face. The aim of Maritime UK SW is to build a leading cluster of marine technology businesses across the South West and this requires building relationships.

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