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Making a Difference will be a dynamic and interactive experience, drawing delegates together from across the research, business, public and voluntary sectors, with the aim of fostering change and positive solutions in the Solent region.

The conference is organised around the three key zones of research, innovation and enterprise, with subject specific content identified within the research and innovation zones to allow delegates to follow particular areas of interest. Presentations, workshops and panel sessions exploring the wider research landscape will underpin the submitted content, with a particular focus on creating collaborative partnerships.


We are still reviewing the submitted content, but some exciting key themes are emerging, including (but in no way limited to!) immersive technology, creative places, health and wellbeing, and sustainable development.

We are working to publish the full programme in early April. In the meantime, we are excited to confirm the following headline events:

Wednesday 2 May

  • Opening keynote
  • Exploring the research landscape
  • Dow Project showcase
  • Half-day business design workshop

Thursday 3 May

  • #RIEC2018 Expo
  • Poster competition
  • 2MD and 3MT – student competition
  • Solent Futures Enterprise Awards

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