Knowledge Exchange in the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts 9-11 December 2019

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PraxisAuril is once again working with ASTP 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 – 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.

View outline programme (subject to change)

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration lunch (including buffet*) on Monday 9 December 2019
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Tuesday 10 December 2019
  • 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 lunch and evening events.


The course will be held at The Moller Centre which is located near Churchill College in Cambridge. Detailed directions can be found here

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12 ATTP Points

9th December - 11th December


Course Fee (Members £965) £ 1295.00

Meet the Speakers/Trainers

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.

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. Mark Mann RTTP

Co-Course Director
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.

Dr. Stefan de Jong

Stefan de Jong is an impact adviser at Luris, the knowledge exchange office of Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden Univerity. He supports university leadership and professional staff in optimizing the conditions for impact at Leiden University. Prior to this he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in the UK and a researcher at the Rathenau Institute in the Netherlands. Stefan regularly hosts impact workshops for researchers, university leadership and professional 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. His research interests are societal impacts and evaluation of academic research. Stefan has published scientific papers, policy reports and blogs on these topics. Also, he is involved in the Dutch national debate about broader impacts through opinion pieces in national newspapers and social media. Finally, he is the owner of consultancy company ‘Engaging Scientists.’

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.

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.

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. Gerard Nijsten

Director of Operations, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Dr. Fraser Rowan

KE and Impact Manager, University of Glasgow
With a PhD in solid state chemistry from the University of Aberdeen, Fraser joined the Atomic Weapons Establishment, in 1999. Following a number of years as a senior scientist he went on to lead the Actinide Materials Group responsible for maintaining multiple labs, delivery of service agreements and a broad portfolio of research. In 2005 he moved to Glasgow to join the centralised services (Research and Enterprise) of the University of Glasgow as a business development manager. Here he developed experience in a variety of knowledge exchange and commercialisation skills, initially with a focus on the Faculties of Science and Engineering then gravitating towards the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. When he permanently joined the College of Arts in 2012 his primary task was with raising the profile of the College out with academia and the development of new opportunities. He is currently the KE and Impact manager for the College of Arts with responsibility for delivering the highest possible rating for impact in REF 2021. In his free time Fraser is an electronic music producer with a passion for snowboarding, climbing and most of all his family.

Ciara McGahey

Events Coordinator, PraxisAuril
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