Skip to main content

Making a Difference drew together delegates from across the research, business, and public sectors, with the aim of fostering change and positive solutions in the Solent region.

Organised around three key zones of research, innovation and enterprise, RIEC 2018 focused on interactive, participatory contributions. Read about key sessions below, or download the programme for full information.

Making a difference: challenges, creativity and collaboration

Kevin Baughan, Deputy Chief Executive of Innovate UK, opened RIEC 2018 with a wide-angle look at the changing landscape of research and innovation, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the significance of the creative economy, and the growing importance of collaborations to solving real world problems.

View the opening keynote on lecture capture

Download the programme

Download the RIEC 2018 research abstracts


Wednesday 2 May

Explore the changing research landscape
Interactive workshops and panel sessions with industry and policy experts will explore the changing research landscape, funding applications, KTPs and more. Sessions will be hosted by Innovate UK, GuildHE and the Solent RIE team.

Solutions for our problems with plastic
The Dow Project showcase and our screening of  A Plastic Ocean raise questions for an expert panel discussion on plastic sustainability.

Joining the dots from business model to execution
A chance for start-ups and scale-ups to take part in the successful VentureFest South workshop, delivered by experts in process design, commercial modelling, and system integration. Due to limited capacity, delegates must  apply to take part in this session.

Working with universities: how businesses can engage with research and innovation
This evening event (5pm – 7.30pm) provides an opportunity for local business owners, entrepreneurs and researchers to make connections, and explore the potential of university-based research and innovation to solve current problems and build growth. We expect this to be a popular event, so please  register to attend in advance.

Thursday 3 May

#RIEC2018 expo
An interactive space to engage with live research demos from academics and students, explore public engagement opportunities in Southampton, and meet our resident research support experts.

Student competitions

Students engaged in research will take part in competitions, including poster presentations, Two Minute Dissertation and Three Minute Thesis. Winners to be announced during the closing speeches. 

Watch this short video of 2018’s Two Minute Dissertation winner to find out about the benefits of taking part.

Solent Futures Enterprise Awards

A celebration of student enterprise during the last year, the awards will feature short pitches from nominees who reach the final round of judging. Join us to be inspired by the achievements of Solent’s students and graduates, and find out about the benefits student enterprise can bring across the disciplines. 

Back to top