Oxford UIDP Summit and workshops: 31 July - 2 August


GUEST BLOG POST: by Dr Phil Clare, Deputy Director, Research Services (Knowledge Exchange and Engagement) at University of Oxford

Reflecting on a fantastic couple of days at the Praxis Auril 2019 Conference, it confirmed my view that there is no substitute for spending time, away from the office, discussing the important things I am worrying about, learning from others, constructing solutions in the bar and meeting people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet.  Email is fine, but face to face is better.  This is why, as those of you who were there may recall, I am organising the Oxford UIDP Summit (31 July - 2 August) preceded by intensive workshops (30-31 July) at Keble college.


As was evident from the discussions in Harrogate the relationships between Government, Universities and Industry has never been more important. This landscape is complex and difficult to navigate, but we all need to know what works in order to direct resources to best effect. The three pre-Summit workshops will cover:

Register for workshops here!

Prompted by conversations with US colleagues and friends at UIDP, the Summit is a transatlantic meeting for senior-level university and industry leaders and government policymakers. With keynote speeches from Sir Mark Walport (UKRI) and Walt Copan (NIST) the programme will move beyond just talking to generating an actionable list for us all to take forward. Main themes include:

  • how to find telling metrics
  • applying AI and machine learning to inform action
  • new models for global partnerships


The programme committee include representatives from Lockheed Martin, BP, Seimens, GSK, John Deere, LERU, UKRI, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Elsevier, NCUB, The State University of New York and the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Oxford; and our great line-up of speakers can be seen at https://uidp.org/event/oxford_uidp_summit/

Apply for Summit registration here!

There will be plenty of time for networking and meeting industry and University colleagues from the US and Europe, so I invite you to continue the conversations we have started in Oxford.

Dr Phil Clare

Deputy Director, Research Services (Knowledge Exchange and Engagement)
University of Oxford