UKSPA 2019 – What to expect
The UKSPA (United Kingdom Science Park Association) Conference returns this April for UKSPA 2019 at the University of Birmingham to deliver an opportunity for the sector to take measure of evolving priorities and discover how innovation can continue to be a driving force for the sector. essensys are excited to announce that we’ll be top-tier Platinum sponsors for a second consecutive year. During our longstanding support of UKSPA essensys have also supported numerous science parks, innovation centres and incubator hubs such as Menai Science Park, Oxford Innovation and BioCity. We’re pleased to continue our support of this nationally recognised event at a pivotal time for the science park and innovation sectors with the so far unknown implications of Brexit looming on the horizon.
Each year, UKSPA’s flagship conference brings together the leading minds, influencers and innovators within the sector to ensure the continued growth of science parks and innovation centres. This year will see the keynote speech being delivered by the UK’s Minister for Science, Chris Skidmore among other leading figures.
Preparing for the future of the sector
The conference will tackle a wide range of challenges and opportunities UKSPA members and stakeholders are currently facing, such as ensuring that the sector is future-proofed and ready for a varying range of occupiers needs. This is vital as the details of how the UK will be exiting the EU are currently unknown. The sector must be prepared to react dynamically to any key shifts that may occur following the scheduled leave date.
Another factor which is expected to be under close scrutiny is how city-led innovation can be distributed across the country, not only through partnerships between high density areas and rural areas, but also through collaboration between science park members working together from single locations.
This increased collaboration has been brought about following on from the boon of coworking and is seeing the sector allocate dedicated space for flexible working services as the demand for space to work within cities and research hubs continues to increase. This utilization of flex-space is also creating an opportunity for locations in cities to branch out into surrounding rural areas and open up ‘extension locations’. These locations serve as an extension of the main science park hubs that are based within a high-density area, allowing for a greater distribution of wealth and talent across the country.
Technology is a key driver for success within the science park and innovation sectors – for both the operators and their tenants. essensys’ mission-critical software and infrastructure play a vital role in activating and future-proofing these spaces. Connectivity, security and resiliency in addition to on-demand products and services enable space operators to extend greater value to their occupiers. In this way, whatever their members’ requirements are or wherever they’re based in a post-Brexit country, members will still receive best in class service in order to continue to drive growth, innovation and the economy.
Innovation centres looking to launch hubs and extension locations will require robust cloud infrastructure and resilience to connect and power the spaces across their portfolio in order to effectively deliver a powerful network effect, a compelling aspect within the innovation and incubation sector. Enterprise-grade technology allows operators to meet a wider range of occupier needs, pivot their business in response to geo-political shifts and scale efficiently and quickly. This infrastructure can also allow for increased collaboration between science parks controlled by different operators, a trend which is increasingly prevalent in the coworking industry.
Book your tickets and meet essensys
UKSPA 2019 takes place at a pivotal time for the sector and shouldn’t be missed.
To meet essensys at UKSPA 2019 and to find or for a live scheduled demo, you can book some time with the team here.
We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!