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Industry and innovation


Find out about the Society's work to support collaboration and innovation through events, grants and awards.

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Creating connections

The Royal Society is running a new series of regional and national meetings that address the UK's scientific and technical opportunities and challenges.

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Transforming UK translation

The Royal Society has outlined a series of commitments to ensure that translation is recognised and celebrated as an integral part of academic research.

Industry and innovation schemes and awards

  • Transforming our future conference series

    The Royal Society is running a new series of unique, high-level conferences to address the major scientific and technical challenges of the next decade.

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  • Reforms to the UK’s higher education, research and innovation system

    We are working closely with the Fellowship and the broader research and innovation community to engage with the Higher Education and Research Bill.

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  • Inspiring Innovations and Success Stories

    A collection of profiles showcasing how the translation of scientific breakthroughs into commercial success has been achieved in the UK.

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  • Innovation throughout the UK

    Creating connections is a series of regional and national meetings that address the scientific and technical opportunities and challenges faced by the UK.

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  • UK research and the EU

    The Society is gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on research.

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  • Royal Society Enterprise Fund

    The objective of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund is to become a financially successful contributor to early-stage company support and a role model for the translation of excellent science for commercial and social benefit.

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Fellows working in this area

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting

Sir Martin is an aerospace engineer whose pioneering approach to microsatellite design has helped small and inexpensive satellites perform sophisticated space missions. 

In 1985 he founded Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd — the world’s first small satellite technology firm, which fundamentally changed the economics of space exploration. 

Dame Sue Ion

Dame Sue spent 27 years with BNFL rising to the position of Chief Technology Officer, after which she assumed a number of mainly voluntary roles in Science and Engineering, including Chairman of the UK Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) and the only non US member of the US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee.

She is chair of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.

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