Knowledge Exchange in the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts 10-12 December 2018


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PraxisAuril is once again working with ASTP-Proton to deliver a sector-specific course which develops the skills and approach of the knowledge exchange and commercialisation professional in line with the characteristics of the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) sector.

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for early stage career Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation professionals working in the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) with up to 3 years' experience, or those with longer experience in KEC who have recently moved into a role in this sector.

Why should I attend this course?

In the past its been assumed that Knowledge Exchange in SSHA is merely a subset of more general KE activity, but this approach leaves the discussion dominated by case studies in science and an emphasis on ‘hard’ IP.SSHA involves a wider range of IP, of engagement and knowledge exchange activities, and of eventual impacts in the wider world. The growing community of KE professionals across Europe is finding new ways to build relationships between SSHA researchers and businesses, public organisations and communities.

We have consulted widely with senior SSHA professionals across Europe (including the UK) to find out the types of issues faced and topics that would be useful. We then sought practitioners who could speak with authority and from personal experience. The programme includes contributions from several countries and reflects (some of) the diversity of institutions and partnerships in SSHA.

We hope that the mixing of communities and experiences from a wider diversity of institutions and countries gives us all new perspectives on our profession.

What will I learn from the course?

  • Different types of ‘intellectual assets’ possessed by researchers in SSHA
  • Drivers for knowledge exchange in the sector
  • The nature of the third-party relationships that help facilitate exchange & impact
  • How value is captured and ways of measuring success
  • Best practice in structuring, incentivising and resourcing the activity
  • Identify & capture value
  • Grow value over longer timescales
  • Unlocking financial and non-financial benefits
  • Working without relying on formal IP
  • Build and use a network of contacts gained through the course

The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

What makes this course different to others available in the sector?

PraxisAuril can deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!

We draw on a wide diversity of experienced SSHA practitioners from the UK and mainland Europe and will use cases drawn exclusively from the SSHA field. The course is being run in partnership with ASTP Proton – enabling us to share experience from colleagues from throughout continental Europe.

In common with all our courses we’re using a mixture of cases, scenarios and examples as a basis of group discussion and break-outs.

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20% discount on group bookings

Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Monday 10 December 2018
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Tuesday 11 December 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day

* Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the evening events.

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12 ATTP Points

10th December - 12th December


Course Fee (Members £895) £ 1025.00

Meet the Speakers/Trainers

Christoph Köller

Co-Course Director
Managing Director, Görgen & Köller GmbH
Christoph is a co-founder and managing partner of Görgen & Köller GmbH (G&K), a science consultancy company based in Germany. He especially supports research institutions and SMEs which intend to create impact of their research results in society and industry. He has developed and applied innovation evaluation and management methodologies as well as innovation processes which find widespread use by his clients. Christoph has conducted various projects in the field of innovation management and knowledge & technology transfer with major research facilities from Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Leibniz Association, and universities. He is currently engaged in projects focusing on the impact of humanities and social sciences in Germany and Europe. Christoph is frequently invited as an expert or speaker to workshops and symposia for innovation management and knowledge transfer, especially on the topic of knowledge transfer from humanities’ & social sciences’ research. Furthermore, he belongs to several pools of experts and evaluators on knowledge transfer from research organisations, also focusing on the transfer from humanities and social sciences at EC, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and in Germany, Austria, and Finland. Christoph is member of ASTP-Proton (EUR), AUTM (USA), ISPIM (EUR) and TII (EUR). He recently established and leads a special interest group on social sciences and humanities valorisation at ASTP-Proton.

Dr. Andrew Wray

Course Director
Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Bristol
Andrew has worked in science communication and business for 20 years, initially in academic publishing, and for the past 7 years as Knowledge Exchange Manager at the University of Bristol. He directs the strategy and management of funds for the economic and social impact of research across all disciplines including Impact Acceleration Accounts and HEIF funds. In addition, Andrew guides academic teams in developing impact strategies for their research programmes and creating collaborative partnerships with companies, charities and government organisations. Since 2011 he has led Bristol’s support for the AHRC funded REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub comprising 5 universities and the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. For REF 2014 he guided the impact submissions for philosophy, social policy and physics. Andrew manages the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account in Bristol and works with academics on knowledge exchange and commercialisation projects across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Andrew sits on the Professional Development Committee for PraxisAuril.

Jeff Skinner RTTP

Co-Course Director
Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Jeff is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricular student activities at the School. Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL‚ Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics, he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spinouts that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL. He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European tech transfer associations, PraxisUnico & ASTP-Proton. He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialization. He chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide "Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals" (ATTP). Before joining UCL, he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a Ph.D. in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA from London Business School.

Dr. Stefan de Jong

NWO Rubicon Post-doctoral Researcher, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
As a post-doctoral researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, Stefan is working on a two-year NWO Rubicon project on the societal impact of academic research. Prior to this he was working as a knowledge broker at Luris, the knowledge exchange office of Leiden University in the Netherlands. At Leiden University, he supported researchers in the social sciences and humanities in collaborating with and having impact on society. Stefan regularly hosted impact workshops for researchers and academic support staff. Stefan obtained a BSc in Cell Biology from Wageningen University, an MSc in Innovation Studies from Utrecht University and a PhD in Social Sciences from Leiden University. His dissertation ‘Engaging scientists: organising valorization in the Netherlands’ focuses on the relationship between Dutch impact policies and academic impact practices. He still holds a position as research fellow at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University. His research interests are societal impacts and evaluation of academic research. Stefan has published both scientific and policy papers on these topics and is co-author of E-Publication ‘Valorisation: researchers do more than they realize’. Also, he is involved in the Dutch national debate about broader impacts through opinion pieces in national newspapers and social media. Furthermore, he is owner of consultancy company ‘Engaging Scientists.’

Dr. Pascale Engel de Abreu

Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg
Pascale is Associate Professor in multilingual cognitive development at the ECCS Research Unit. She specialised in cognitive development in her PhD from the University of York (UK) and holds master's degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Durham (UK) and the Université Louis Pasteur (France). Pascale has postdoctoral research experience from the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Princeton (US), and York University (Canada). She is also a registered child psychologist in Luxembourg and has worked with disadvantaged children in Africa, Bolivia, and Brazil. Pascale is interested in understanding how children learn, why some children can have “specific learning disorders” (such as dyslexia) and how we can help children achieve their full potential at school. She studies important cognitive processes that children need to learn to speak, read and write such as working memory, executive functions and phonological awareness, and is particularly interested in exploring these processes in multilingual speakers.

Andy Newnham

Deputy Director of Business Engagement, University of Birmingham
Leading strategic and interdisciplinary engagement across social sciences, arts and humanities, and environmental sciences. Developing opportunities for industry and business to work with leading academics and thinkers, co-designing new engagement initiatives, and delivering research awards and income for the University. Managing strategic accounts with partners and clients in professional services, technology and lots in between. Supporting academic colleagues in the strategic expansion of nascent REF Impact Case Studies. Part of the University’s leadership team for UK Industrial Strategy and Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds initiatives. Interested in how we can create collaborations across research and skills to provide value to industry, including Degree Apprenticeships.

Dr. Georg Russegger

Project Director SSHA, Center for Knowledge Transfer (East), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
As part of the Vice-Rectorate Art Research, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Mag. Dr. Georg Russegger is responsible for knowledge-transfer. Since 2014 he is working as project-leader for the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) sector at the Centre for Knowledge Transfer East. The Knowledge Transfer Centre East (WTZ Ost) is a platform to promote vivid and trans-disciplinary exchange between science, business and society. One of our main tasks is to support the communication of new findings, research results, technologies, inventions and know-how, and to strengthen meaningful synergies between universities. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of research and teaching, the ‘Third Mission’ of the university, the transfer of academic knowledge to society and the economy, is gaining more attention. Professional knowledge transfer drives the economic application of research results and simultaneously creates a sustainable dialogue with society and industry. Utilising projects on relevant technological, economic, creative, and social topics we aim to achieve results on a regional level whilst simultaneously building an international network. Within the SSHA sector of the Knowledge Transfer Centre East we aim at addressing knowledge transfer in the areas of art and arts-based research, as well as the humanities, social and cultural sciences. Professional support from and for the inter-university framework is provided by trainings, coaching and capacity building activities. We look for alternative exploitation of knowledge, inter- and trans-disciplinary transfer and open innovation with public value and societal impact. In total there are three Austrian Knowledge Transfer Centres (South, East and West), as well as the thematic centre in the life science sector called “Wings for Innovation” funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

Prof. David Budtz Pedersen

Professor & Head of Research at Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen
David Budtz Pedersen (b. 1980) is Professor & Head of Research at Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University. He is Principal Investigator of the project Mapping the Public Value of Humanities (2016-2019) supported by the Velux Foundation (Grant no. 12997) as well as Principal Investigator of the project Responsible Impact (2016-2019) supported by the Obel Family Foundation. He holds PhD, MA and BA degrees in philosophy of science and science policy studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. His work focuses on science and innovation policy and management, and on developing new models and practices for strengthening the impact of research in society. His most recent articles include “The Political Epistemology of Science-Based Policy-Making” (2015), “Integrating Humanities and Social Science in Interdisciplinary Research” (2016), and “Open Human Science” (2017). He is the co-editor of several books including “Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities” (2017), “Mapping the Humanities” (2016, DA), "The Struggle of Disciplines" (2015, DA), and "How to Manage the Knowledge Society" (2012, DA). David has about 75 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns, etc. He has delivered 150+ academic talks and invited lectures in 20+ countries.

Sue Johnson

Consultancy Manager, University of East Anglia
Sue Johnson is the Consultancy Manager at The University of East Anglia in Norwich. She is responsible for the management of the consultancy office and is a Director of UEA Consulting Ltd. Sue joined Research and Business Services at The University of East Anglia (UEA) in her current role in 2005. Her background is in plant molecular biology having previously worked at the John Innes Centre. After moving to The School of Biological Sciences at UEA she completed an MBA at the Norwich Business School which led to her move to the Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Group. Since becoming Consultancy Manager she has seen the business grow considerably and has overseen the formation of a number of successful consultancy clusters including Health Economics Consulting and Virtual Past. She is currently working with the LEP to deliver an Innovation Voucher Scheme, as part of the Regional Growth Fund, offering match funding to smes wishing to access university expertise.

Dr. Mark Mann

Innovation Lead, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University Innovation
After a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in carbon nanotubes and electron emission, Mark continued as a Research Associate at Cambridge University Engineering Department, diversifying into nanotechnology, thin films, devices and displays. Whilst there he also undertook undergraduate teaching of both Physics and Electrical Engineering, project-managed UK government and EU-sponsored collaborative projects and undertook a variety of graduate and undergraduate teaching. In 2010, Mark left Cambridge to join the BBC’s Research & Development Department where he retrained as a software engineer and conducted research in music information retrieval, audio broadcasting, and mobile and second screen applications. His research then focussed on image processing, especially with regard to sport. He then moved into technology transfer, covering all the technology the BBC had to license before joining Oxford University Innovation as a Technology Transfer Manager in 2015.

Ronni Littlewood

Strategic Funding Manager for Languages, Social Sciences and Business, Aston University
Ronni has over 13 years’ experience in the Higher Education Sector. She has just moved to Aston University from her role as Research Planning Partner at the University of Birmingham. Within the past few years Ronni has also been involved with setting up the Research Impact Network, a grass roots network of UK Higher Education administrative and professional staff working in a variety of roles related to research impact. Prior to being at Birmingham she was a Research Impact Officer for Social Sciences at the University of Warwick and prior to that a Research Development Officer, working with academic colleagues in Economics, Politics and International Studies and Warwick Business School to win funding for research. Ronni has worked as a Development Officer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education with responsibility for implementing reviews of Higher Education in Further Education. Ronni also held a variety of roles with the Economic and Social Research Council, ranging from working on commissioning and evaluating ESRC-funded research to establishing the first of ESRC’s impact case studies and contributing to international benchmarking reviews of social science disciplines. Her last role with ESRC was as Deputy Head of Evaluation and Impact, with responsibility for establishing a team of dedicated Impact Officers to work with ESRC funded research investments.
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