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Doing Science with Colombia 2019

The Doing Science with Colombia event will raise awareness of the important milestones that the bilateral science and innovation relationship is achieving and consider its future.


What is the ‘Doing Science with Colombia’ event?

The scientific collaboration between Colombia and the UK has grown over the last 5 years to unprecedented levels, particularly due to the work both countries have been doing through the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The number and quality of joint research projects is testament to this.

In 2017, an event was held called Doing Science with Colombia as a way to raise awareness of the important milestones that the bilateral science and innovation relationship was achieving. This October, the Doing Science with Colombia 2019 event will once again celebrate the achievements of this relationship and consider its future. We will discuss issues such as the current state of the scientific collaboration, the sustainability of research and innovation projects and the future of the bilateral relationship from different perspectives.

Be part of this year’s event and take the opportunity to network with the wide range of organisations that make such a strong collaboration possible.


02 October 2019

09:00 – 09:30

H.E. Antonio Jose Ardila, Ambassador of Colombia to the UK
Greg Houston, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Colombia
Professor Tim Littlewood, Director of Science, Natural History Museum, London

09:30 – 10:00

Keynote speech
Dr Sonia Monroy, Deputy Head of Colciencias “Colombia’s Science and Technology Agency” and future Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

10:00 – 10:40

Panel discussion: State of the art of bilateral scientific collaboration
Prof Federica Di Palma, Director of Science, EI
Patrick Shipp, Director Americas (Science & Innovation), BEIS
Vivienne Stern, Director Universities UK Int’l

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:40

Panel discussion: How Science & Innovation collaboration looks in the field
Mark Jarman, SAC
Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez, University of Bristol
Dr France Gerard, NERC
Dr Helena Rivera, Edinburgh School of Architecture

11:40 – 12:20

Panel discussion: The sustainability of research projects: alternative funding sources
Jenny McInnes, Deputy Head International Climate Fund, BEIS
Prof David Falzani MBE, Polaris Assoc.
Jose Puyana, UK Executive Director, Procolombia

12:20 – 12:40

“Our joint scientific priorities”: Forward looking wrap-up discussion
Sonia Monroy, Deputy Head of Colciencias
Patrick Shipp, Director Americas International Science & Innovation, BEIS

12:40 – 02:00

Networking Lunch


The Doing Science with Colombia 2019 event has been organised by:

British Embassy Colombia logo
Cancilleria de Colombia logo
Colciencias logo

With the support of:

HM Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) logo
Natural History Museum logo
Newton Fund logo
UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund logo
Earlham Institute logo
BRIDGE Colombia logo

Start date: 02 October 2019

End date: 02 October 2019

Time: 08h00 – 14h00

Venue: Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London


Registration deadline: 29 September 2019

Cost: Free