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Speaker Announcement

Friday 6th January 2023, London UK

We’re thrilled that the wonderful Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO UK Research and Innovation, will be speaking at the CogX Festival, 12th to 14th Sept 2023

UKRI invests an annual budget of £8.4bn in research and development projects, driving critical innovation across a huge range of fields including health, technology and the environment.

While its 7 Councils, Research England and Innovate UK continue to do amazing work for the economy, the organisation now faces the rising cost of research, pressure on government budgets and the need to deliver its intended efficiencies.

We have invited, Ottoline Leyser, CEO, to share UKRI's progress to date, its strategy and plans - and how she's addressing the many challenges along the way.

What are the most exciting successes of the last 12 months? How has COVID, the war in Ukraine and the climate emergency changed UKRI's research priorities?

How do we ensure that the right projects - from Nuclear Fusion at the UK’s Central Laser Facility to Large Language Models for Generative AI - are being funded?

How will the intended efficiencies of UKRI be delivered while ensuring diverse voices are heard in the decision making process? And what are the barriers to a successful collegiate research and innovation culture?

What are UKRI plans to maximise the contribution it makes to the economy?

To propose a specific question to Ottoline, or any Speaker, go to our ask a speaker page on the website.

The Festival returns with 10 Programmes, 200 Topics and the mission of addressing the question: “How do we get the next 10 years right?”. Ottoline joins an incredible list of speakers confirmed so far, and we have invited her to join us on the main stage, followed by a full 45 min session on the Q&A Stage, and side events across the 3 days.

There are many exciting new elements at the Festival. Two we want to highlight are the way we are bringing together Inclusivity and Scale with small, curated side events:

Inclusivity and Scale - Working with our Affiliate Partners we will welcome 90,000 visitors over 3 days to hear from over 1,000 incredible speakers - across 21 stages, from the True Industry Transformation Stage, to the 1,500 seat DeepTech Stage - not for the faint hearted. We have made it our most affordable and inclusive Festival yet, with the Early Bird Standard Festival 1 day pass for £55, and just £25 for students. (We won’t be issuing complimentary tickets in 2023)

New Curated Exec Programme - At the same time, our new Executive Programme provides priority access to all stages and all lounges, as well as 80 expertly curated intimate GLS Side Events on specific topics every day. These are co-hosted with our Partners and our own editorial team and include talks, roundtables and fully catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3 days of access to this is normally £4995 - but with today’s Super Early Bird GLS offer, it's just £1,245 - a saving of £3,250.

The core of what makes CogX special is you, our community. And if you would like to participate as a Speaker, Affiliate Partner, Sponsor or Attendee - please get in touch here.

Charlie Muirhead, Alethea Rous and the whole CogX Team

P.S. - Don't miss out on our incredible Super Early Bird tickets. They start at £55 for 1 day Festival Pass (£25 for Students) that gets you access to all public stages for our most inclusive event yet. And remember, you can get a full refund up until 31st March.

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