Edward Heelas is a Senior Consultant at Idox UK, and former European Advisor at the UK Research Office (the European office of the UK Research Councils), where he provided support to the UK research base on EU Research and Innovation policy and promoted UK stakeholder engagement in European programmes. During this time, he represented the UK on the Horizon 2020 European Commission Programme Committees for both Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing and Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology. He is well versed in both UK national and European R&I, higher education and related policy and programme requirements. A former life scientist at several London-based universities, Edward has also spent time working on international science strategy at the International Knowledge and Innovation Unit of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and, most recently, as a Senior Consultant at SQW, where he bid for and managed a variety of research, analysis and programme evaluation projects for a wide range of public and private sector clients.

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