Programme (UK)


Venue: Holywell Conference Centre, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Format: panel discussions, roundtables, exhibition

Expected attenders: PhD Candidates, early career researchers, academics, executive and senior managers in Investment, Enterprise, Business and Industry, Public Sectors, and STEAM education community.



09.30 - 10.00

Registration. Tea/Coffee. Projects Showcase (TBC).

10.00– 10.15

Opening Ceremony

Vice-Chancellor of LU/Pro-Vice-Chancellor of LU
Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK

10.15 – 11.30

Parallel Roundtables

Session 1: Sustainable Development and Industry: Healthcare, Chemical, Agricultural and Mining Industries

Moderator: TBC

1. Electronic Medical Record app “OpenEyes”
Prof James Morgan, Professor in Ophthalmology, Cardiff University
Mr Mukhit Kulmaganbetov, MD, PhD Candidate in Vision Sciences, Cardiff University

2. Materials for sustainable future
Mr Kuanysh Zhussupbekov, PhD Candidate in Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Ms Ainur Zhussupbekova, PhD Candidate in Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

3. Kazakhstan Wheat: Strategies for high-yield crops
Mr Kanat Yermekbayev, PhD Candidate, Crop Genetics Department, John Innes Centre, UK
4. Next Generation of Self-Healing Materials
Ms Aliya Sembayeva, PhD Candidate in Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK
5. Implementing Reliable Health Web Resource in Kazakhstan for Improving Health and Well-Being and Reducing Inequalities in Accessing to Health-Related Information
Ms Assel Akhmetova, MSc Candidate, University of Aberdeen, UK

Session 2: Sustainable Development in Education and Urbanisation

Moderator: TBC

1. Advancing STEAM Education in Kazakhstan
Dr Bella Gazdiyeva, Mayor of Rodina district, Kazakhstan
2. Global Village Schools: Urbanisation and Human Capital Development in Rural Areas
Ms Khalida Azhigulova, PhD Candidate in Law, University of Leicester
3. Touristic Infrastructure Development in Kazakhstan
Ms Meruyert Beisenbina, MSc Candidate in Urban design, UCL, UK
4. Integrating students’ computational thinking: performance and school curriculum
Mr Yerkhan Mindetbay, PhD Candidate, University of Southampton, UK

Session 3: Sustainable Development in the State Welfare System

Moderator: TBC

1. Project of the Government RK and UNDP-GEF: “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment”
Mr Alen Kuspanov, UNPD Kazakhstan
2. Inclusion and Sustainability of Child Care System in Kazakhstan
Ms Aigerim Mussabalinova, PhD Candidate in Law, University of Sussex
3. Exploring the Potentials of Community-based Inclusive Development with Disabled People in Uzbekistan
Mr Dilmurad Yussupov (Uzbekistan), PhD Candidate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
4. Pension System Research
Ms Alfiya Wright, PhD, Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK
Ms Elmira Mynbayeva, PhD Candidate in Finance, University of Aberdeen, UK

5. Strategy of increasing the competitiveness of national exports in the context of liberalization of foreign trade
Mr Asomiddin Yusupov, PhD Candidate in Economics, Uzbekistan

11.30 – 11.45


11.45 – 12.30

Roundtable: ‘Partners and Collaborations for Sustainable Development in Central Asia’

Session overview: At the beginning of the session, a moderator will sum up all research projects from panel sessions. The floor will be given to guests - governmental representatives, academics, business people and other key stakeholders to present their views how their sectors could potentially collaborate and support the research projects on Sustainable Development in Central Asia. New joint projects can also be designed based on the presented ones.

Moderator: TBC

Ambassadors of the Central Asian Countries to the UK
Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Kazakhstan
Administration of the President (KZ),
Chairman of the Science Fund of KZ
Samruk-Kazyna companies: Tau-Ken Samruk (mining), UCC (chemistry), KazAtomProm (mining, chemistry), CSCC (social)
Central Asian and British Government Agencies
Almaty Management University
Kazakh-British Technical University
Hindudji Group
Local Kazakhstani Businesses
Bassiouni Group (USA)
Loughborough University and Partners

12.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.30

Two options are available for guests:
(1) Tour around the University Science and Enterprise Park and Research Laboratories or

(2) Workshops on Commercialisation of Research Projects:
"Enterprising Researcher" & “Investor Pitch workshop”
(Science and Enterprise Park at Loughborough University)
Dr Sophie Hyde (Loughborough University)

15.30 – 16.00

Closing Ceremony

16.00– 18.00

Welcome Dinner