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5th December 2013, London

The race to innovate, the search for talent, and, the quest for new markets defines today’s global business environment.

NEF: The Innovation Institute is welcoming in a decade of supporting education, business and innovation through its activities as a charity and professional body driving UK innovation. At its annual conference Innovisions 2013 in association with EDF Energy Campus, NEF will be looking at how innovation game-changers can be achieved in business and educational sectors.

Innovisions 2013 conference is to be held at the Institute of Directors, London on December 5 and will provide a rich participative environment for industrial and academic leaders and policy makers to share views on how to create the next game-changer in order to drive growth and productivity.

Professor Sa’ad Medhat, CEO of NEF The Innovation Institute, said: “Whether you are a company, educational provider or a public sector organisation, the common thread in all is the need to move forward – standing still is not an option!

“The race to innovate, the search for talent, and, the quest for new markets defines today’s global business environment. Innovation, a key differentiator in competitive markets, is an increasingly sophisticated function. It is mandated by many successful organisations and yet achieving and maintaining innovative cultures and practices requires leadership commitment, contemporary management systems and aligned workforce capabilities. At Innovisions we will address these issues with people who have gone through establishing innovation processes in their organisations.”

Innovisions 2013 adopts an ‘inquiry style” conference, providing a platform for discussion of views and challenges, offering delegates the opportunity quiz leading industry and educational experts. Keynote speakers include the CEO of Crossrail, the President of DuPont Europe, Middle East & Africa and the Director of EDF Energy R&D UK Centre.

In addition, a showcase of innovation in learning and development will be presented by EDF Energy Campus. Dave Drury, Campus Chancellor said, “Promoting innovation and collaboration is at the heart of our Campus, so we are delighted to sponsor Innovisions again this year and share with you some of the developments we are working on that will change the game for us. Campus is an innovative and inspirational investment by EDF Energy in our future, connecting us and creating new learning and development opportunities for everyone.”

The day will be rounded up with the Innovation Awards hosted by Dr Maggie Philbin, celebrating the very best of innovation from business and industry, education and public sector.

Whether you have attended Innovisions in the past or are new to the conference, this is an event not to be missed.

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Conference details:

Innovisions 2013 will include two special sessions, ‘Innovation in Business’ chaired by Jeremy Webb, Editor of the New Scientist, and ‘Innovation in Education’ chaired by Sarah Campbell, Education Correspondent of the BBC. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the Panel and contribute to the Inquiries which will be illuminated by the contributions of other business, academic and policy leaders from BASF, EDF Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, Britvic, EMC2, MBDA, Bosch, BT, Costain, Rolls-Royce, Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry University, Highbury College, NHS, University of Chester and Activate Learning Group.

As we enter the next generation in innovation, concepts, goals and the face of science, engineering and technology are rapidly changing. The aim of these Inquiries is to share ideas and inspire others to create the innovation engine to address some of today’s challenges and questions such as: Where is the next smart opportunity for business growth? How do you stimulate innovation at all levels to ensure a sustainable and scalable innovation pipeline?

The conference will also feature the announcement of the Innovation Award Winners in Business, Education and Public Policy and will be presented by Dr Maggie Philbin, TeenTech CEO and BBC Journalist, Presenter and Broadcaster. The Innovation Awards, conferred by a panel of industry experts, influencers and leaders, are designed to recognise and celebrate the very best in UK innovation. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate their innovation and gain recognition for the role they play in inspiring and motivating others. The winners will contribute to a culture of generation innovation which will help promote sustainable growth in the UK.

Innovisions 2013 is an opportunity to engage with senior business and academic leaders to exchange ideas and to discuss ways in which to shape and accelerate innovation.

Entry to Innovisions 2013 is free but by invitation only.

For further information:

Robyn Burriss or Emma Bennett
Innovisions – Conference Coordinators
NEF: The Innovation Institute
Bective House
10 Bective Place
London SW15 2PZ
Tel: 020 8786 3677
Email: robyn.burriss@thenef.org.uk|emma.bennett@thenef.org.uk

EDF

Gordon Bell
Media Relations
01278 654535 or 07843 218088
Email gordon.2.bell@edf-energy.com

Notes for editors:

1. Established in 2004, NEF: The Innovation Institute is an independent foundation, professional body and do-tank that supports innovation & the development of SciTech skills through providing:

a. CPD Programmes and Resources
b. Evidential Research, Policy and Advocacy
c. Quality Assurance & Improvement in education and industry
d. Knowledge and Technology Exchange across science and technology sectors

Further information can be found from: www.thenef.org.uk

NEF will be launching Brite – NEF’s Innovation Review at Innovisions 2013.

2. EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 5.8 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2013 EDF Energy received seven “Big Ticks” in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards, including a Platinum Big Tick in BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index. EDF Energy also received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national 2013 Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF was an official partner and the official electricity supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company supplied electricity to the Olympic Park which was backed by low-carbon sources: 80% from nuclear and 20% from renewable generation.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

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