Build your career in Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation
KEC practitioners play a vital role in supporting the translation of research into impact.
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.
KEC is a fascinating and fast-paced area of work, requiring specialist skills and exceptional people.
“It is my dream job and it never ceases to challenge and enthuse me.”
- Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Officer
"A career in technology transfer made sense as it offered me the best of both worlds.”
- Technology Manager
“If you enjoy science from an application point of view, then tech transfer could be a good opportunity.”
- Senior Technology Associate
What do KEC practitioners do?
Become a Registered Technology Transfer Professional
Factsheet on KEC from PraxisAuril and Universities UK
PraxisAuril: supporting your career in knowledge exchange and commercialisation
Knowledge exchange and research commercialisation (KEC) practitioners typically come to the profession from one of two routes.
1) A research background, often to PhD level, with a deep understanding of public sector research establishments
2) An industry background, bringing an understanding of commercial requirements
These two backgrounds bring transferable skills which work well in a KEC environment, though may have different training requirements.
Whatever your background and training needs, PraxisAuril can provide support knowledge exchange and research commercialisation professionals at every stage of their career, whether through one of our public courses or bespoke programme. See training paths for details of courses to suit your level of experience.
We also encourage practitioners to apply for Registered Technology Transfer Professional status, which demonstrates a commitment to acheiving the global standard of professional achievement.
For examples of entry routes into knowledge exchange and research commercialisation and how careers can progress, please see the career profiles real practitioners have kindly shared with us below:
Career Profiles: 1-5 years
Lana Semykina, Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Officer, The Genome Analysis Centre
Dr Laura Donnelly - Senior Technology Associate, Cambridge Enterprise
Courses suitable for those starting out in KEC
Career Profiles: 5-10 years
Dr Rachel Atfield - Technology Manager, Cambridge Enterprise
Dr Maher Khaled Director - Commercial Engagement Personalised Medicine, Uniquest Pty Ltd, University of Queensland
Courses suitable for established KEC practitioners
Career Profiles: 10+ year
Dr Michael Bath, Technology Transfer Manager, Durham University
Patricia Latter, RTTP, Head of Knowledge Transfer & Impact, Royal Veterinary College
More information about support for senior KEC practitioners
Working in KEC
Knowledge exchange and commercialisation is a fascinating and fast-paced area of work, requiring specialist skills and exceptional people.
Knowledge exchange, technology transfer and research commercialisation professionals are involved in facilitating the achievement of impact from research, which can be an immensely satisfying career. It can also be extremely challenging, and requires professionals with excellent interpersonal skills to build and manage positive relationships between a range of stakeholders.
Typical day-to-day activity can involve:
- meeting with academics to discuss new or existing technologies
- analysis of new inventions (including market analysis and prior art searching)
- working with patent attorneys to co-ordinate new patent filings or existing patent management
- project development (including applications for translational funding)
- marketing technologies to potential licensees
- review and negotiation of legal agreements and management of post-deal relationships.
Most roles will require research and/or commercial expertise in a relevant broad disciplinary research area(s). For current vacancies in KEC, visit our Jobs page.
Further information about roles in KEC and career development.
International professional recognition for knowledge exchange practitioners
PraxisAuril is a founding member of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals. Being part of ATTP enables PraxisAuril to offer to its members internationally benchmarked and accredited CE points for training courses and conferences.
RTTP designation demonstrates to employers and stakeholders that KE practitioners are working to a set of international standards, defined and peer-reviewed by sector experts from around the world. It is recognised that:
- you work effectively and creatively to add significant value leading to business outcomes
- you have demonstrated competence, integrity, vision, versatility and perseverance
- you have undertaken relevant training courses and/or gained qualifications that enable you to perform well and helped you to build a rich network.
-Core competencies - Do I qualify?
-Are you new to the KE profession?
-What is a Career Aspiration Plan?
-How do I apply for Candidate RTTP status?
-Are you an experienced KE professional?
-How do I apply for RTTP status?
-Global list of current RTTPs
Contact a member of the PraxisAuril team to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
PraxisAuril training courses and conferences are eligible for ATTP continuing education (CE) credits