PraxisAuril, 168 Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 ODL ,United Kingdom
Praxis Courses Ltd trading as PraxisAuril is a company limited by guarantee led by a volunteer Board, guided and supported by volunteer portfolios, with a professional executive office in Cambridge.
PraxisAuril's activity is steered by three Committees, which are overseen by its Board. The Board and Portfolios are populated by expert practitioners who are passionate about sharing best practice and volunteer their time to shape the profession. PraxisAuril's success depends upon the enthusiasm and energy of these expert practitioners, who work alongside PraxisAuril's professional staff to design, deliver and inform a broad range of activities in policy, training and conference programme development.
If you would like to become involved with one of our committees, we encourage members to volunteer.
The Advocacy Committee represents the PraxisAuril membership and our organisation's values on matters affecting the knowledge exchange and technology transfer profession. We do this by responding to government and other sector consultations, by engaging with policy makers and influencers at a national and regional level, and by proactively voicing opinion through publications, events and online media. The Committee is one of the largest of PraxisAuril's practitioner committees as it is important for us to represent a broad mix of our membership organisations and their research commercialisation cultures.
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The Conference Committees are responsible for the design and delivery of the PraxisAuril conferences. The Conference Committees are formed of some of the most experienced senior staff from several of the leading technology transfer and knowledge exchange organisations in the UK. The Conference Committee members also co-ordinate the conference sessions and recommend speakers and topics.
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Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for the design and delivery of PraxisAuril training courses and materials. The Committee is formed of some of the most experienced senior staff from several of the leading technology/knowledge transfer organisations in the UK and experienced volunteer practitioners lead the training sessions.
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We are pleased to support and work with the following organisations:
- AIRTO - Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisation
- ARMA - Association for Research Managers and Administrators
- ASTP-Proton - Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP) and the European Knowledge Transfer Association
- ATTP - Association of Technology Transfer Professionals
- AUTM - Association of University Technology Managers (US)
- Design Council
- HEFCE - Higher Education Funding Council for England
- INORMs - International Network of Research Management Societies
- IPO - Intellectual Property Office
- KCA - Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia
- NAAC - National Assessment & Accreditation Council
- NCUB - The National Centre for Universities and Business
- UKRI - UK Research and Innovation
- UKIF - UK Innovation Forum
- UKSPA - UK Science Park Association
- University Alliance
- UUK - Universities UK
We hope you'll find the answers to common questions here. If you need further assistance please contact email@example.com.
What is KEC?
Knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) includes activities variously known as knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, technology transfer, knowledge exchange and commercialisation - activities designed to help research outcomes of public sector research establishments and universities achieve impact.
UUK and PraxisAuril KEC Factsheet
Learn more about careers in KEC.
What do KEC practitioners do?
KEC practitioners work to identify opportunities, often but not always commercial in nature, to enable research to translate into impact. This involves activities such as identifying and setting an IP strategy, securing patents, raising finance, negotiating licenses, drafting and negotiating contracts, securing strategic partnerships with external sponsors/industry contacts/other research institutes, identifying and securing collaborative research opportunities, forming spin-out companies and new ventures, managing consultancy and CPD contracts, marketing knowledge exchange opportunities and building strategic relationships at all levels. Learn more about what KEC professionals do.
Why does KEC matter?
KEC delivers significant social and economic benefits to the UK. See our Advocacy pages for more information on why KEC matters.
Why are you called PraxisAuril?
PraxisAuril was formed in 2017 from the merger of PraxisUnico and Auril; Prior to that PraxisUnico came about in 2009 from the merger of Praxis, a training company for technology transfer professionals, and Unico, which represented the interests of university companies.
We’re always looking for new individuals and organisations to work with us and there are many ways that you can get involved. To help us find what’s best for you, please tell us how you’d like to work with us: