The APPG holds several different types of events throughout the year. These include:
The APPG regularly hosts receptions in the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion, or the Atlee Suite in Portcullis House. These events are an opportunity to bring together MPs and Peers from the APPG with our wider community that includes thousands of private sector and academic stakeholders from all over the United Kingdom. We use these events demonstrate that the 4IR will touch every sector of the economy – from energy to finance, and from healthcare to agriculture.
Previous events include an Agri-Tech reception in May 2019 with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a Health-Tech reception in February 2019 with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, an Autumn reception with the Founder & Chair of the World Economic Forum, and our 2017 and 2018 Annual Summer Receptions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Guest of Honour for our 2019 Summer Reception will be the Home Secretary.
These events are a great opportunity for Ministers, MPs and Peers to discuss tech policy with 25-30 business leaders, academics and other industry stakeholders.
Recent events include a dinner with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and a dinner with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Held under the Chatham House Rule, they give MPs, business leaders and other stakeholders a venue for full and frank discussion about how the UK Government can best work with the private sector and academia to make sure Britain takes full advantage of the opportunities of the 4IR – and meets the challenges head on.
Open to members of the public and held in Parliament, these events are focused on a specific sector or policy issue relating to the 4IR. The panel is always politically balanced and includes industry and academic speakers.
Previous topics include autonomous and electric vehicles, defence and national security, digital manufacturing, cybersecurity, skills and education, automation and the labour market, the UK’s digital infrastructure and economy, and many more.
The APPG also takes MPs on overseas visits to build stronger trade and investment links with other countries, learn about cutting-edge R&D being conducted abroad, and develop links with businesses and organisations around the world that are leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In 2019 the APPG sent a delegation to the San Francisco Bay Area