The Sussex Innovation Forum will be a space for stakeholders in the Sussex region to share ideas, find practical solutions and innovate to meet decarbonisation targets, improve wellbeing and aid economic growth. It is aimed at public and private sector stakeholders with a role to play in delivering the Greater Brighton Energy and Water Plans, including local authorities, energy providers and utility companies, businesses, community groups, charities and civil society organisations. It will be inclusive, informal and interactive.

Organisation of the Forum is being led by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.
We want to hear your views on how the Forum can be most useful. Please take five minutes to complete this survey by Sunday 25th October 2020.

Background and format

Forums will take place every two months starting in November 2020, initially held online for 1.5 hours. 

Each Forum will focus on a topic selected by local stakeholders. Interactive panels of guest speakers will share their experiences and expertise on the topic. The format and length of the forums may be adjusted in the future to better fit local needs.

The Sussex Innovation Forum is funded for its first year through an ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant awarded to Dr Ralitsa Hiteva from SPRU. It is being organised with support from the Greater Brighton Energy Working Group, the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform and local stakeholders. The Forum will support the delivery of the Greater Brighton Energy and Water Plans.

If you would like to learn more about the Sussex Innovation Forum or get involved, please get in touch at: 

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* 1. When would you like us to hold the first Sussex Innovation Forum? Please select the date(s) which suits you best.

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* 2. The first Forum will focus on finance innovations for cross-sector and net zero projects. What would you like the second Forum to focus on?

Please use the ‘Other (please specify)’ box to list the types of organisations and stakeholders you would like us to invite for this topic.

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* 3. What other topics would you like to be discussed at the Forums in the next 12 months?

Please include your email address or phone number so that we can get in touch and find out more about the idea. Your details will only be shared with the Forum organiser.

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* 4. What would be the best way to share presentations and useful resources from each Forum?

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* 5. Would you be interested in accessing optional innovation surgeries led by the Green Growth Platform at the end of each Forum?
The surgeries will help companies/organisations/consortia to frame their innovation ideas and requirements, identifying gaps where they lack the full range of expertise, facilities and funds to take the innovation forward. The Green Growth Platform can help identify relevant expertise and facilities, and help to scope and develop R&D projects, identifying suitable funding and supporting funding applications to bodies such as Innovate UK.

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* 6. If the Green Growth Platform run optional surgeries at the end of each Forum, what topics would you like them to cover?

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* 7. If we didn’t send this survey directly to you, please share your contact details to be added to the Sussex Innovation Forum mailing list.

We will use this information to send you updates about and, where appropriate, invites to the Forums. Your information will be processed in line with the University of Sussex’s Privacy Policy.

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* 8. Who else should we invite to take part in the Forums? Please help us invite them by sharing their contact details. Their information will be processed in line with the University of Sussex’s Privacy Policy.

If you don’t have a specific point of contact, please share the name of the organisation.

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