Research Commercialisation in 2018: Delivering Impact for Universities and Business

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England
  • Zoe Webster, Director of AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK
  • Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Don Spalinger, Chairman, SETsquared Partnership, & Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Southampton
  • Dr Angela Kukula, Chair, PraxisAuril & Director of Enterprise, The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Dr. Mark Mann, Innovation Lead, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University Innovation Ltd
  • Dr Tom Lickiss, Senior Research Consultant, ÜberResearch
  • (Chair) Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, UCL & Strategic Advisor, NCUB


With the launch of UK Research and Innovation, and Research England as part of that, now is the time for HEIs to take a stock check of their Research Commercialisation capabilities and communities. The co-creation of R&D between universities and businesses remains a key component of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and their vision of the HE sector, highlighted by the Knowledge Exchange Framework metrics.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to hear about these plans and how UKRI will support the sector to deliver them directly from the Director of Knowledge Exchange at Research England. Discuss the challenges around contracting, technology transfer and IP with colleagues in the sector, and learn from HEIs and partners who have successfully invested in the knowledge exchange that supports research and development partnerships.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Research Commercialisation and delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy
  • The role of UKRI, Research England and Innovate UK
  • Ensuring your work aligns with Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) metrics
  • Accessing funding streams to match your institution’s priorities and partners
  • Ensuring that technology transfer benefits all parties and getting the governance right
  • Issues around the commercialisation of university IP and spin-off companies
  • Avoiding inefficiencies and exploitation in research contracting
  • Working with wider partners such as Catapult Centres, Local Enterprise Partnerships and investors
  • Building relationships that lasts: securing long-term research collaborations

The Event:

The morning session is a detailed look at the current knowledge exchange landscape, specifically around Research Commercialisation, and how recent changes will affect you.

The afternoon session will examine current examples of successful business-university partnerships, with specific examples of resourcing and facilitating collaborations that work for all parties.

Who Should Attend?

You will join a range of higher education stakeholders including, but not limited to, colleagues working in research and knowledge exchange, partnerships, business and innovation, impact, research commercialisation, quality assurance, as well as all others with an interest in or responsibility for knowledge exchange.

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