About us

PraxisAuril is the UK's professional association for Knowledge Exchange practitioners

PraxisAuril is the UK’s professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners working in universities and public sector research organisations to manage IP commercialisation, collaboration and other types of engagement between researchers and external organisations to deliver social and economic impact through innovation and enhanced productivity and skills.

Based in the UK but global in reach, our network includes 5000+ active KE practitioners from more than 182 member organisations as well as key sector stakeholders, industry service providers, and business representatives. Our core mission is to Develop, Promote and Connect our members and the work that they do to ensure that the UK derives economic, social and creative impact from its world-leading research base. 

Our national training programme is admired around the world for the quality of it content and the knowledge of the expert practitioners who deliver it. We have trained over 5,300 Knowledge Exchange practitioners from 40 countries, including 400 in China. PraxisAuril is a founding member of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), driving global professional standards and recognition through RTTP accreditation

Since 2002 the Cambridge-based executive team, led by Maxine Ficarra, has worked with hundreds of expert practitioner volunteers to extend the organisation’s professional development, membership and advocacy activities nationally and internationally. 

PraxisAuril is a charitable company limited by guarantee with an annual turnover approaching £1m per annum (2019). It generates income from membership fees, professional development training courses, conferences and other services and events.  Any profits are reinvested strategically into projects and initiatives to develop, promote and connect the Knowledge Exchange sector.