Upcoming innovation and R&D events in 2018

Top innovation and R&D conferences in 2018

This year there is an exciting lineup of innovation and R&D events from all over the globe. Some of the key themes this year are on R&D productivity challenges, creating an innovation culture and the role of data and metrics in innovation.

These events span multiple days which gives you plenty of time to network with like-minded professionals and experts from a variety of industries. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover some of the latest technolgies and take part in activities such as yoga, cooking and field trips.

R&D Innovation Summit

The Standard Club, Chicago, 21-22 March 2018

R&D Innovation summit Chicago 2018

Source: R&D Innovation Summit

Innovation Enterprise is hosting this year’s R&D Innovation Summit which is bringing together some of the world’s most notable companies. You’ll have the opportunity to share your expertise with like-minded innovation professionals, hear from panels of experts, learn from case studies and have open discussions with your peers.

Topics covered:

  • Optimising performance through Big Data and metrics analysis
  • Adapting to industries emerging as a result of new technology
  • Developing a successful R&D pipeline
  • Building teams to foster innovation

Key speakers:

  • Director of research and outcomes at Johnson & Johnson
  • VP of technology at iRobot
  • VP of global R&D IT at Monsanto
  • Director of global assessments at Eli Lilly 

3rd Annual R&D Innovation Excellence/ Design Thinking Summit

Postillion Hotels, Amsterdam 12-13 April 2018

Annual R&D Innovation Excellence and Design Thinking summit Amsterdam

Source: Corporate Parity Annual R&D Innovation Excellence Summit

The 3rd annual R&D and Innovation Summit will be hosted by Corporate Parity. The focus of this event is on how Design Thinking can be used in organisations, products and services. You will have the opportunity to choose from three programmes focused on innovation, industry and design and on the first day there will be an option to attend a field trip to the Design Thinking Center Amsterdam.

Topics covered:

  • How to increase R&D productivity
  • Metrics for measuring successful inventions
  • R&D budgeting and strategy
  • R&D portfolio management

Key speakers:

  • VP of R&D at Johnson & Johnson
  • Chief innovation officer at Orange
  • CTO and innovation officer at General Electric
  • Senior global design thinking director at Coca-Cola

Front End of Innovation

Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, 23-26 April 2018

Front End of Innovation in Boston

Source: Front End of Innovation

Over 600 R&D, innovation and product development professionals will be attending this 4-day event filled with key speakers, interactive workshops, panel discussions and plenty of opportunities for networking. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a yoga class and take part in a cooking workshop with an award-winning chef.

Topics covered:

  • Accelerating the innovation process
  • Innovation culture and leadership
  • Business model innovation
  • Corporate intrapreneurship 

Key speakers:

  • Head of global innovation at Whirlpool
  • Global head of strategy and innovation at The Hershey Company
  • VP and head of Innovation Center at Bayer

Med-Tech Innovation Expo

Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK 25-26 April 2018

Med-Tech Innovation Expo in Coventry UK

Source: Med-Tech Innovation Expo

Med-Tech Innovation Expo is a free event which offers you the chance to meet your peers in the medical technology industry. It’s a two-day conference in association with Medlink UK and industry experts will address challenges in the industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to see 200 exhibitors who will be showcasing medical innovations that are shaping the future.

Topics covered:

  • Future predictions of the life sciences and healthcare industry
  • The role of AI in healthcare
  • Trends for clinical safety
  • Digitalisation of healthcare 

Key speakers:

  • Director of Health & Life Sciences at Innovate UK
  • Partner at GE Healthcare Finnamore
  • Research director at the Centre for Health Solutions, Deloitte UK

University-Industry Interaction Conference

The Mermaid Theatre, London, 20-22 June 2018

University-Industry Interaction Conference London

Source: University-Industry Interaction Conference

More than 500 university leaders, practitioners, CEOs and academics from over 60 countries will be attending the University-Industry Interaction Conference. This conference will give you the chance to take part in interactive workshops with academics and professionals from different industries. You’ll also get the opportunity hear from experts on a variety of topics.

Topics covered:

  • Creating an innovation and entrepreneurial society
  • University-business cooperation and collaboration
  • Educating the leaders, researchers and employees of tomorrow

Key speakers:

  • Director of Academic Liaison at GSK
  • Head of the Institute of Manufacturing at Cambridge University
  • Head of Joint Open Labs at Telecom Italia

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