26 February 2020

Leaders of the future: a formula for success

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SCI's Mid-Career Group

London, UK

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This is the third event of the SCI Mid-Career Group and has been designed to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and learning for mid-career professionals and organisations working in the chemical or chemistry using industries.

In the next 5-10 years, businesses across many sectors globally will face a drop-off in valuable experience and leadership skills as the ageing population sees many business leaders move into retirement. Although the population in the UK comprised 10.1 million people of between 50 and pensionable age in 2016, this figure is expected to leap to 13.8 million by 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics. The number of those between 16 and 49 years old will, in turn, drop by 700,000. With industry facing a period of unprecedented change and new technologies being introduced at an increasing rate, we must act now to ensure sustainable growth in innovation through strong leadership.

This event aims to review the challenges and potential solutions posed by this change and to equip individuals and companies with tools and strategies to ensure that the mid-career professionals of today can support their businesses as innovative leaders of the future.

Focus will be given to innovation in the chemical industry, particularly what will be needed from our mid-career professionals. Delegates will include business and HR leaders as well as mid-career professionals and the event will be interactive with workshops and opportunities for networking. All delegates will be expected to participate in a constructive way in facilitated workshop style activities to help identify solutions and best practices which can address the aims of the event.


Mid-career professionals who:

  • have greater than 10 years' career experience (industry and/or academia)
  • are in a 2nd or 3rd role or have developed specialised expertise in a particular area
  • wish to develop in their current role or make a career move (e.g. technical to managerial role, department change)

As well as:

  • Business and HR leaders looking to share and develop understanding of future challenges around experience, leadership and skills gaps as well as developing sustainable growth in innovation
  • Companies looking to develop a continued pipeline of leaders in their organisation;
  • Employees returning from a career break or making a career move
  • Start-ups looking to develop a continued pipeline of innovative leaders in their organisation
  • Investors in innovation leadership

Attendees' current roles will encompass Marketing, Business Development, Technical, Innovation Managers, R&D scientist's/leaders and patent executives.

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
The importance of innovation in the chemical industry
Speaker TBC
Innovation with a sustainability slant
Damian Kelly, Head of Global R&D, Croda
Workshop 1
  • A practical approach to technology foresight
  • Scientific excellence into societal/commercial impact
Talk title to be advised
Prof Joe Sweeney, Lancaster University
How to out-innovate your competition, through leveraging scouting, foresight and new technologies
Dave Hughes, Syngenta
Afternoon workshop sessions
Next steps for mid-career activities

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Attendance to this event is free of charge, however, places are limited and SCI reserve the right to restrict access to the target audience – as based on the definition of a mid-career professional, specified above.

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