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Webinar: Innovation in a Time of Crisis
May 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
How can innovation help address the major challenges (and seize new opportunities) being presented by COVID-19? What funding programmes can businesses tap into? How can University academics apply their research to help companies to become more resilient, to evolve and to innovate?
These are the questions that this month’s ‘Innovation Friday’ will seek to address.
10-11am – ‘HOMEWORKING AND THE NEW NORMAL’ – a short talk by Professor Stephen Wood followed by Q&A
Stephen Wood (Professor of Management at the University of Leicester School of Business) has extensive research in Work Psychology and Employee Relations and is driving forward the latest thinking in the implications of well-being on performance, covering a range of topics including homeworking, stress, job security, employee involvement, absenteeism and presenteeism.
11-11:45am – ‘FUNDING FOR INNOVATION: CURRENT INNOVATE UK SUPPORT FOR INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES’ – a short talk by Julian Bowrey followed by Q&A
Julian Bowrey (Regional Manager for East and South East Midlands, Innovate UK) will give an update on Innovate UK’s new package to support innovative businesses during and coming out of COVID19. He’ll also talk about the current live ‘Business as Usual’ competitions such as the £60m ISCF Future Flight competition
1pm-1:45pm – ‘FUNDING FOR SPACE-ENABLED TECHNOLOGY TO TACKLE COVID-19’ – a short talk by Carmine Maffei followed by Q&A
Carmine Maffei (Earth Observation Innovation Fellow) and Paul Bhatia (ESA Business Applications ambassador) will talk about funding opportunities (ESA, UK Space Agency, Copernicus Masters competition) for space technologies to support the COVID response.
2-3pm – ‘AGILITY & OPERATIONS’ – a short talk by Dr Nicola Bateman followed by Q&A
Dr Nicola Bateman (Associate Professor in Operations Management at the University of Leicester School of Business) will talk about how adopting an agile approach can help businesses improve their resilience and productivity.