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Research England launches Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation

2 Dec 2019

Research England has today published a document detailing proposals for how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) could work and would like to hear the HE sector’s views on these proposals.

Benchmarking the management of research contracts in 2018

2 Dec 2019

In September, Research Consulting launched the final report from a major project looking at research contract management across 30 UK and Australian universities

Survey on Industry-University Collaborations

2 Dec 2019

Central Queensland University is leading a cross-institutional research project that investigates the continuing low level of collaboration between industry and the research sector. It is a fundamental first step in developing stakeholder-driven strategies to more effectively facilitate collaborative partnerships. The project is funded by a grant from Central Queensland University and has been approved by the Central Queensland University Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 21006.

Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

2 Dec 2019

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through academic and business partnerships.

A New Model for Technology Transfer: Making an Impact in Saudi Arabia

2 Dec 2019

Innovation is at the heart of King Abdullah University for Science and Technology’s (KAUST) mission. Few universities, if any, have been founded with as unique and clear a vision of addressing our shared global challenges of food, water, energy, and the environment through education and research. As part of that mission, the KAUST Innovation department helps put this knowledge to use by enabling our researchers and faculty to create products and services that will have an impact locally in Saudi Arabia and throughout the world.

Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group meeting

2 Dec 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Team at Cranfield University invite you to join the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group for its second meeting on Tuesday, 5th November 2019.

2018 Converge Challenge finalists announced

2 Dec 2019

The finalists have been announced for Scotland’s leading higher education company creation programme, illustrating that Scotland’s academic community continues to thrive as a collective entrepreneurial hub.

Inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows are announced  

2 Dec 2019

Twenty of Scotland’s most talented entrepreneurs eager to start up their business right here in Scotland are announced as the inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows. They are the employers of tomorrow, innovating for the future and complete the 40 entrepreneurs participating in the Unlocking Ambition Challenge as announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Research England Development (RED) Fund for research and KE

2 Dec 2019

Research England has launched a new fund to drive innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education.

NC3Rs 2018 CRACK IT Challenges and launch event announced

2 Dec 2019

The NC3Rs is launching the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition at an event in central London on 6 September 2018. The 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. There are four Sponsors: Galvani Bioelectronics, GSK, MRC Harwell Institute and Sanofi Pasteur EU.

Mills & Reeve Autumn In-House Adviser workshop on Crisis Management

2 Dec 2019

Mill & Reeve Autumn in-house adviser forum will be the first of a series of guided workshops dealing with crisis management and prevention, hosted by specialist lawyers and inviting active participation from delegates. If you have war stories to relate, we will be interested to hear them. If you have questions to ask, we will do our best to answer them. If you prefer silent observation, that’s fine too!

ESGI145 : 8-12 April 2019

2 Dec 2019

The 145th European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) - 8-12 April 2019 - University of Cambridge

Major review of the HE-BCI data set: phase one open.

2 Dec 2019

HESA has released the first consultation phase of its HE-BCI review, following publication of a project mandate and timeline in September.

Latest Collaboration Opportunities at CRACK IT Solutions

2 Dec 2019

CRACK IT Solutions are currently looking for collaborators for 3 new innovations: 1. A human micro-liver system for reliable safety and efficacy testing 2. Developing an automated test of recognition memory in rodents 3. Assessing aquatic organism health status non-invasively

UKSPA/S-Lab Conference 2019

2 Dec 2019

UKSPA/S-Lab Conference 2019 - Early Bird discounts ending soon The Pre-Conference day, Conference, Awards, Dinner, Study Tours and Exhibition at the University of Birmingham 2-3 April 2019 will deliver opportunities to take stock of the changes that are taking place in the sector, share good practice and conduct business over three packed days of activity.

THE STARS OF SCOTTISH INNOVATION SHINE BRIGHT AT THE CONVERGE CHALLENGE AWARDS

2 Dec 2019

Carbogenics, a spin out from the University of Edinburgh has secured the coveted first prize at the 2018 Converge Challenge awards with their innovative waste solution. Turning low value paper waste products into a carbon-rich material, their revolutionary product CreChar improves biogas production and enhances digestate as a sustainable alternative to energy-intense mineral fertilisers.

Research England releases more details on KEF proposals

2 Dec 2019

Research England has published three documents that will help higher education institutions (HEIs) prepare for the upcoming consultation on the future Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The documents are: 

Transport Systems Catapult Academic Network for Intelligent Mobility

2 Dec 2019

The Transport Systems Catapult's (TSC) Academic Network for Intelligent Mobility (ANIM) is currently the primary method of communicating with TSC's academic stakeholders and researchers to tell them about our latest news events and opportunities.   The network facilitates an environment for exchange of ideas, knowledge, learning and the opportunity to promote collaboration.

Sean Fielding appointed as Chair of influential university-business collaboration organisation, PraxisAuril

2 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter who has been appointed as the new Chair of PraxisAuril until 2021.

End of Year Summary: 2018 Impact

2 Dec 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our members for their support over the past year. I hope you can take a moment to celebrate what we achieved with that support by reading on, and onto a short summary of our 2018 impact.

The IET Innovation Awards 2018 - 14 November 2018

2 Dec 2019

The finalists of the 2018 IET Innovation Awards have been announced! Chosen from over 350 original entries, the shortlist includes life-changing innovations in categories including Communications, Healthcare, Sustainability, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer. The winners will be announced at an exclusive black-tie ceremony, hosted by comedy actor and writer Sally Phillips. The evening will offer attendees the chance to network with the finalists and visit a showcase of some of the shortlisted innovations in action. Two new awards will be presented: the Young Innovators Award, for young engineering professionals, and the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year, a new top prize awarded to one of the category winners. You can see the full shortlist as well as how you can book tickets for the ceremony at www.theiet.org/innovation. The IET Innovation Awards 2018 14 November 2018 | The Brewery | London

PraxisAuril Annual Report: 2018-2019

2 Dec 2019

2019 has already been a fantastic year for PraxisAuril. With 173 member organisations and over 5000 people feeding into the PraxisAuril community, it has become the world’s biggest KE organisation outside of the US. With its growing pool of almost 400 volunteers, PraxisAuril continues to create and deliver world-leading training courses and has trained around 600 people in the UK, in this year alone. This annual report is summary of all that we have achieved together in the past 12 months.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

2 Dec 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Our vision is to be the first choice for pharmacy, wellbeing and beauty, caring for people and communities around the world. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.

2019 CRACK IT Challenges

2 Dec 2019

CRACK IT Challenges are designed to accelerate the development of new technologies which minimise animal use or improve animal welfare. The focus is on research and innovation which leads to marketable products or improvements in business processes.

A fresh start for innovation funding in Wales?

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril has responded to the Reid Review of Government Funded Research & Innovation in Wales (June 2018), underlining the importance of KE professionals in delivering the ambition of the report recommendations.

NEUPC IPR Services Event - 3rd December

2 Dec 2019

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) is one of six UK Higher Education purchasing consortia established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements designed to maximise third party expenditure within the higher education sector. The NEUPC will be holding an event for its HE consortia members to meet with suppliers in the Professional Services category group.

Transport Systems Catapult: Business Fellow Network Programme, Intelligent Mobility

2 Dec 2019

The Catapult network was set up to help bridge the gap between academia and industry within the UK. The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) does this within the area of Intelligent Mobility (IM). By working with key academic institutions and industrial partners we aim to ensure that innovative technologies and business models make it out of university research labs and into mainstream usage.

'Patent to Patient' looks at regulatory delays in drug innovation

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril member the Institute for Cancer Research has released a report looking at cancer drug delivery in the NHS and the rate of drug development across different types of cancer. ‘Patent to Patient’ analysed the regulatory regime and found that NHS patients are waiting longer for new cancer drugs because of delays in taking them through clinical trials and getting them approved for use.

Better Business for People & Planet - Bridging Research & Industry - Aspect Annual Event

2 Dec 2019

A CCF funded network led by an alliance of seven UK universities, Aspect aims to transform the contribution that social sciences research and student entrepreneurship makes for the betterment of society, through collaboration with innovators and business leaders. On November 21st, Aspect are holding their first Annual Conference. Please join us with thinkers and innovators from across academia and industry exploring how social sciences researchers and industry can work in partnership to address challenges across society.

EI Innovate: genomics data to advance bioscience

2 Dec 2019

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and wellbeing

IP Booster deadline approaching!

2 Dec 2019

Are you a public research organisation pushing your research from lab to market? Do you need assistance or advice on your IP strategy?   IP Booster is a specialised professional IP service for Public Research Organisations looking to realise value from their research results. if you are a Public Research Organisation interested in this service please read on! Our experts will examine your case and guide you towards the best intellectual property strategy, at no cost and fully supported by the European Commission. The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.

Collaborate to Drive Agri-Tech Innovation on the Norwich Research Park

2 Dec 2019

This event is being held in collaboration with Agri Tech East as part of Agri Tech Week 2019 at Norwich Research Park

Spinouts UK Quarterly: playing to one's strengths

2 Dec 2019

This Quarter's edition of Spinouts UK looks at the ways in which universities can make the most of their environment with spotlights on Swansea University and the Midlands MIRA initiative.

Member event: KE Best Practice Group kick-off meeting

2 Dec 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Team at Cranfield University would like to invite you to join the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group. This Group has been established to provide a forum where KE practitioners in higher education have an opportunity to discuss best practice, gain insights and updates on the KE landscape and build a support network. This member-led initiative provides another opportunity for PraxisAuril members to get-together and share day-to-day work experiences and expertise.

New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

2 Dec 2019

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.

Knowledge Exchange Framework: Outcomes of Consultation and Pilot Exercise

2 Dec 2019

In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on their proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time, they invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.

A summit to explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata

2 Dec 2019

Join biodata at the Welcome Genome Campus on Thursday 15th November (1.30pm - 6.30pm) to explore changing healthcare through the convergence of data and biology. The summit is designed for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors. Open to all. The Campus is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology in the heart of Cambridgeshire home of the Cambridge Phenomenon and globally significant companies and innovations across bioscience, medicine and technology. The 2018 congress will feature leaders from industry, investment and academia discussing opportunities for disrupting the healthcare industry and constructing sustainable business models and will explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata.

UK university spin-outs - building on progress and good practice

2 Dec 2019

A review of university-investor links has been published, commissioned by Research England from Mike Rees, former deputy group CEO of Standard Chartered, start-up commercialisation expert and angel investor. 

Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event

2 Dec 2019

Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September. The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns.

Multi-million pound investment to improve region’s health

2 Dec 2019

A new government £16 million health improvement programme in the North East and North Cumbria has been awarded to a collaboration led by Newcastle University and hosted by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The regional collaboration, involving 56 organisations across North Cumbria and the North East, is being led by Professor Eileen Kaner of Newcastle University will tackle issues causing health and care inequalities.

MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival

2 Dec 2019

Showcasing projects and spin-outs from the partner universities on three key Industrial Strategy Challenges Thu, 12 September 2019, 09:30 – 15:30 BST

Economic Intelligence Wales’ first annual report highlights confidence in Welsh business sector despite UK uncertainty

2 Dec 2019

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) today.

£3.5m Climate change fund established to shake agri-food sector

2 Dec 2019

SHAKE will fund and train entrepreneurs and start-ups who have early stage science or tech-based solutions

How NOT to get a Bioinformatics Patent

2 Dec 2019

Multidisciplinary inventions have become more commonplace in recent years, particularly as artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool in a wide range of biotech applications, such as medical image analysis and drug discovery. However, whereas biotech inventions may generally be considered to relate to inherently patentable subject matter, biotech inventions that are implemented using a computer or AI may have an additional hurdle to pass. In this article, we explore this additional hurdle by looking at why a patent application that relates to bioinformatics has been objected to by both the UK and US Patent Offices.

New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

2 Dec 2019

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

New coasts and shorelines: Shifting sands in the creative economy

2 Dec 2019

The Centre for Rural Creativity at Shetland College UHI and Shetland Arts Development Agency are inviting creative practitioners, researchers, professionals and arts organisations to join us in exploring, creating and debating creative practice and collaboration in the creative economy.

RSE BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

2 Dec 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation, is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

PraxisAuril and UKRI unveil the finalists for the 2019 KE Awards

2 Dec 2019

The KE Awards are a new initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners, to celebrate the contribution of KE professionals in enabling and facilitating the societal and economic impact of research. Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new body creating the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish, the KE Awards will recognise and celebrate the people behind the best KE achievements.

Oxford UIDP Summit and workshops: 31 July - 2 August

2 Dec 2019

Reflecting on a fantastic couple of days at the Praxis Auril 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.

Royal Academy of Engineering: Enterprise Hub open day

2 Dec 2019

The Royal Academy of Engineering's Enterprise Hub is running a drop in open day for anyone interested in its programmes on Wednesday 22 May, 1.00pm-4.30pm. The Hub runs several schemes for engineering and technology leaders and entrepreneurs to support them in commercialising their innovation and scaling up.

CRACK IT Solutions: In vitro platform for retinal toxicity assessment and disease modelling

2 Dec 2019

In vitro platform for retinal toxicity assessment and disease modelling Newcells Biotech Ltd. has developed an in vitro model of the retinal pigmented epithelium, to assess the safety and efficacy of novel ocular compounds. This technology could better predict the outcome in the human eye and reduce the number of animals used to assess the toxicity of ocular drugs. An end-user pharmaceutical company, able to provide access to ocular compounds and data with known in vivo/in vitro toxicity profiles, is sought to validate the model.

KE Concordat consultation response

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to UUK's consultation on the proposed KE Concordat.

STFC’s Innovation Board – Call for Members

2 Dec 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council supports innovation opportunities arising from its research portfolio through the commercialisation of technologies, industrial use of the National Laboratories and the creation of innovation eco-systems on the National Science and Innovation Campuses at Sci-Tech Daresbury and Harwell. Strategic advice on the range of activities to deliver on the innovation goals set out in the Strategic Delivery Plan is provided by the Innovation Board which reports to STFC Council.

LifeArc-AUTM technology transfer career training fellowships

2 Dec 2019

Get a fast track training route into the world of technology transfer - where you’ll be helping to ensure the great science can make a real difference to patients lives.

PraxisAuril and ARMA joint response to the KEF consultation

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to Research England's Knowledge Exchange Consultation.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships

2 Dec 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation, is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

PraxisAuril and Oxentia partnership will take customised Knowledge Exchange training global

2 Dec 2019

PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for knowledge exchange practitioners, is partnering with Oxentia, Oxford’s Global Innovation Consultancy, to deliver a series of training courses in new international markets.

Inside EI

2 Dec 2019

Want to see cutting-edge life sciences research in Norwich first hand? Come along to 'Inside EI', where for one day we will be opening our doors for the public to explore our diverse projects that are helping to understand life on earth, and how we can improve food security, tackle climate change, protect biodiversity, and investigate breakthroughs in health and medicine.

Patents: A useful measure of KE in the biosciences?

2 Dec 2019

As part of my role in BBSRC, I work at the interface between funding research and helping universities to realise their impact from these investments. In recent years, I have seen a resurgence of the use of metrics to measure the outputs of research. As more money is being committed to research and knowledge exchange, we are increasingly being asked what difference this is making to the economy and society. This is a good thing, as everyone should be accountable for what they do. However, how should we measure this, and how do we ensure our measures are appropriate for all situations and sectors?

Lambert Toolkit - seeking your feedback

2 Dec 2019

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is seeking feedback on levels of awareness of the Lambert Toolkit, how it is being used and its impact amongst businesses and universities. The Lambert toolkit helps academic institutions and industrial partners carry out collaborative research projects.