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PraxisAuril and our AHSS CoP are offering free tickets for Conference 2024

9 Apr 2024

We are excited to announce our new initiative to foster inclusivity and encourage greater participation from a diverse range of individuals in the knowledge exchange (KE) sector at the PraxisAuril Conference 2024. PraxisAuril and our Arts, Humanities and Social Science CoP are offering five free tickets each through our Advocate Package to the PraxisAuril Conference 2024. Please read carefully the information provided below and apply.

The Future Development of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat

26 Feb 2024

The Knowledge Exchange Concordat provides a comprehensive and supportive framework for increasing the effectiveness of knowledge exchange and the development year has encouraged innovation, reflection, improvement and collaboration in knowledge exchange activities. To build on this success, ensure future sustainability for the KEC and to enhance its developmental impact, the KEC Strategy Group has agreed that the KEC will be led across the UK by PraxisAuril, the professional body for knowledge exchange from April 2024.

Amanda Selvaratnam has taken over as the new Chair of the PraxisAuril Board

18 Jan 2024

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Amanda Selvaratnam as the new Chair of the PraxisAuril Board, taking over from Iain Thomas. Amanda's extensive experience in technology transfer and innovation makes her a valuable addition to our team.

Change of leadership at PraxisAuril

8 Jan 2024

After 12 months leading PraxisAuril into a new phase of its development, David Russell is stepping down in March as CEO of the organisation. He will be succeeded as Interim CEO by Dr Stuart Wilkinson RTTP, currently Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement at the University of Oxford, and a Board member of PraxisAuril.

Knowledge Exchange leader recognised in New Year’s Honours

3 Jan 2024

PraxisAuril’s former CEO, Maxine Purdie (Ficarra) has been made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to knowledge exchange. Maxine led the UK’s national association for KE for 20 years before stepping down in September 2022. 

The KE Awards 2023 celebrates outstanding achievements in Knowledge Exchange

24 Nov 2023

The KE Awards celebrate the people, partnerships and creativity that underpin the UK’s knowledge exchange (KE) activity. KE is at the heart of innovation and fundamental to creating economic and social impact from our world-leading research base.

Research England report highlights opportunities and challenges for digital enterprise

22 Nov 2023

Research England has released an independent review undertaken by Canadian consultants McIvorStones that explores opportunities and challenges for scale-up and launch of digital spinouts across England’s HE landscape, including those with low spinout rates from traditional STEM and life-science disciplines.

PraxisAuril welcomes the Independent Review of University Spinouts

21 Nov 2023

PraxisAuril welcomes today’s publication of the Independent Review of University Spinouts and its recommendations for spinout practice in UK universities in partnership with external investors.

PIPE Company marks KE Awards Category Sponsorship with Exclusive Opportunity for Universities

25 Oct 2023

The PIPE Company, innovative leaders in moving pioneering research to high-impact commercialisation through their Lab to IPO Pathway, are proud to announce their sponsorship of the Commercialisation Achievement of the Year category at the upcoming PraxisAuril KE Awards 2023, set to take place on the 23rd of November in Leeds.  

Creating commercialisation futures | CCF-RED fund awards to PraxisAuril members announced

10 Oct 2023

Research England has announced the recipients of its CCF-RED fund, the first stage of longer-term investment to drive research commercialisation success.

KEF3 outcomes show commitment from KE professionals

27 Sep 2023

KEF3 outcomes have been published by Research England, updating each HEP’s KEF profile in the context of a cluster peer group.

PraxisAuril and EAUC Join Forces to Celebrate Excellence in Sustainability

21 Sep 2023

PraxisAuril and EAUC are excited to embark on a journey that celebrates sustainability, innovation, and collaboration within the education sector. As part of our commitment to promoting positive change, we proudly announce our reciprocal sponsorship for two prestigious awards, the KE Awards 2023 and the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.

PraxisAuril KE Awards 2023 Open for Entries

20 Jul 2023

The PraxisAuril KE Awards celebrate the people, partnerships and creativity that underpin the UK’s knowledge exchange (KE) activity.

KE Concordat Team Launches Repository of Good Practice Arising from KEC Development Year

20 Jul 2023

PraxisAuril aids launch of the KE Concordat repository

Spinout Delta g Raises £1.5m to Build Gravity Gradiometry Platform for Mapping the Underground Space

18 Jul 2023

Leading venture capital companies have invested in Delta g to enable their vision of creating the ‘Google Maps for the underground space'

PraxisAuril Drives New Community of Practice in Partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

5 Jul 2023

PraxisAuril is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Community of Practice (CoP) focused on the field of social venture building and self-sustaining commercialisation in Arts, Humanities, and Social Science (AHSS) research.

USIT Guide

26 Apr 2023

The UK’s potential as a science super-power has been given a significant boost today with the launch of unique guidance that will accelerate and support the founding of a new generation of start-ups.

New Drug to Lower Brain Pressure could Treat Blinding IIH Headaches

27 Mar 2023

Trials to lower brain pressure in patients with type2 diabetes also reduced the number of 'blinding' headaches

Naturally Occurring Peptide may Tackle the ‘Root Cause’ of Obesity-Related Conditions

9 Mar 2023

Research published today by the University of Birmingham, shows that a peptide (small protein) called PEPITEM could provide a revolutionary approach to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases such as hepatic steatosis (fatty liver). 

200 Jobs Boost as Global Defence and Security Firm Chooses Newcastle for New Research Site

20 Feb 2023

Proximity to Newcastle University and National Innovation Centre for Data key to Leonardo announcement .

Novel Adaptation for Existing Furnaces could Reduce CO2 Emissions from Steelmaking by 90%

24 Jan 2023

Researchers from University of Birmingham, U.K., show novel adaptation for existing furnaces could reduce steelmaking emissions by 90%

PraxisAuril Announces New Chief Executive

7 Dec 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce the appointment of David Russell as its new CEO.

And the winners are…

28 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 KE Awards

ChromaTwist Lands Second Round of Equity Funding to Develop Fluorescent Dyes for the Flow Cytometry Market

14 Nov 2022

University of Birmingham spinout ChromaTwist Ltd has secured £487k of equity investment to develop its new class of fluorescent dyes for the flow cytometry reagent market.

PrA welcomes two new Board members

10 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to announce that two new Directors have been appointed to the PraxisAuril Board, both for four-year terms.

Busting the myths surrounding UK university spinouts

9 Nov 2022

PraxisAuril is delighted to share the release of a new technical report from the University Commercialisation and Innovation Policy Evidence Unit (UCI) headed up by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and based at the University of Cambridge. The report marks a significant step forward in our shared understanding of current practice in taking equity in university spinouts in the UK. Thank you to all the PraxisAuril members who took the time to speak to the UCI team about your spinout policies, typical practice and experience with the wide variety of stakeholders involved.  

Finalists for the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2022 Revealed

4 Nov 2022

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2022.

New Device for Early Detection of Gum Disease

18 Oct 2022

Researchers from the University of Birmingham are developing a rapid test for gum disease and expect the technology to play a pivotal role in early detection of heart or lung disease, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Therapeutic Games and Brain Stimulation Mitigates Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

12 Oct 2022

Scientists and clinicians from the University of Birmingham, UK, Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the University of Trento, Italy have devised a new technology to help older people boost their working memory with a new approach that couples online therapeutic games with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique.

Knowledge Exchange Framework Advances Following Positive Feedback

27 Sep 2022

Research England’s second iteration of new and enhanced KEF dashboards released and passes another major milestone as it builds on positive feedback on the first version.

Research Identifies New Treatment Target for CNS Injury and Neurological Disease

26 Sep 2022

Birmingham researchers have identified a potential target for drugs to treat long-term neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease and foster nerve regeneration in central nervous system injuries.

Next Generation Water Pollution Solutions Revealed

20 Sep 2022

IN-PART campaign surfaces over 100 next-generation solutions to the water pollution crisis from academia

PraxisAuril’s CEO Maxine Ficarra Leaves on a High After 20 Years

16 Aug 2022

After 20 years of leading PraxisAuril and having steered the organisation through the last two very challenging years of the pandemic, Maxine Ficarra has now decided to seek new challenges.

University of Birmingham signs licensing deal with world’s largest COVID-19 test provider to commercialise novel testing method

12 Aug 2022

A unique testing method invented at the University of Birmingham (UK) is set for a global rollout after its commercial rights were exclusively licensed to the world’s largest COVID-19 test provider, Innova Medical Group, Inc.

Maximising the energy generated from wastewater

18 Jul 2022

Helping Northumbrian Water Group achieve net zero by 2027, and keeping consumer prices low

Siemens includes UK universities in top tier research and innovation partnerships for the first time

18 Jul 2022

Global technology giant Siemens evolves its strategic engagement program.

The Research & Innovation Enabler Cafe Culture Toolkit

15 Jun 2022

A toolkit that facilitates research & innovation (R&I) enablers to engage in discussions about R&I culture has been launched. Here at PraxisAuril we are proud to have been part of the development of this key culture change tool as part of a team from across the sector.

PraxisAuril's annual conference confirms ‘KE is a people business’

15 Jun 2022

PraxisAuril’s annual conference, held 6-8th June in Brighton, confirmed that ‘KE is a people business’. The conference amply demonstrated the resilience and commitment of KE professionals to Knowledge Exchange’s role in the Covid-19 recovery and the UK’s future economic growth.

Exeter University spinout raises £2 million in latest seed funding round

14 Jun 2022

SENSICA - a company borne out of University of Exeter research - has raised more than £2 million from existing investors, to take its cell rejuvenation technology to aid healthy ageing to the next stage of development. SENISCA has developed a technology to combat and reverse the aesthetic and disease-causing aspects of ageing, aimed at enabling people to live healthy lives for longer.

Past PraxisAuril Chair, Dr Alison Campbell, appointed to lead the Government Office for Tech Transfer (GoTT)

3 May 2022

The new Government Office for Technology Transfer, part of BEIS, has appointed PraxisAuril member and friend, Dr Alison Campbell OBE as its inaugural CEO.

PrA member event: Social Impact Framework discussion

10 Mar 2022

Join PraxisAuril members in an exploratory discussion of KPIs and frameworks to capture social value arising from knowledge exchange.

PraxisAuril new Board member

9 Feb 2022

The PraxisAuril Board is a collaborative, considered and supportive volunteer team that welcomes discourse, new ideas, challenge and independent thought.

Research England publishes KEF review

8 Feb 2022

Research England has published a report detailing the findings of the review of the first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework. The report brings together the wide variety of feedback that the funder has gathered through the KEF review and sets out proposals for future KEF developments in the short, medium and long term.

Inova acquires IN-PART, matchmaking platform for academia-industry collaboration

8 Feb 2022

Following the recent acquisition of European biotech news media Labiotech, Inova has now acquired IN-PART, a digital matchmaking platform dedicated to academia-industry collaboration. These strategic moves are consolidating Inova’s position as a leader and pioneer in the digitalization of the biopharma partnering space, made possible by the €60 million investment from global private equity firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) and reaffirmation of a strong commitment by NextStage AM in 2021.

Good Wishes for the Festive Season!

2 Dec 2021

I’m sure you are all looking forward to a break as we approach the festive season and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who have worked so hard to support PraxisAuril activities this year, volunteer and exec team alike – and to all of you who have participated in them.

Winners of the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2021 Announced

18 Nov 2021

Winners of this year’s PraxisAuril KE Awards have been announced across six categories, recognising the achievements in knowledge exchange of both individuals and teams across the UK and internationally. The Awards were once again sponsored by UKRI, the UK’s research and innovation funding body.

Upcoming Vacancy on PraxisAuril Board

11 Nov 2021

As part of our regular rotation schedule, a Directorship on the PraxisAuril Board will become available on 1 January 2022.  Applications are invited from PraxisAuril members for appointment to the Board for a 4-year term.

Digging the data: report on IP-related & commercialisation activities in England 2019-20

1 Nov 2021

Research England has released a report detailing IP-related and commercialisation activities submitted as part of the HE-BCI survey for the academic year 2019/20. It focusses on activities in England but also includes an international comparison with similar data collected in the US by the AUTM for the financial year 2019.

Action 4 Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in KE: Zooming in on practical examples and support

29 Oct 2021

It’s been a few months since that hugely powerful session at this year’s PraxisAuril Conference when we gave the prime plenary slot on the final day over to a discussion on Diversity in KE. It was a real privilege to Chair a session in which four brilliant speakers spoke so candidly from the heart about their own experiences - and which then quickly developed into one of the most fast and furious Zoom chats I’ve ever experienced, with a very large audience participating enthusiastically in the discussion! [You can still watch that recording HERE]. Such energy from PraxisAuril members and the KE sector at large to get involved and support the EDI agenda - truly inspiring.

KE Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

15 Oct 2021

Friday 15th October 2021: Each year PraxisAuril celebrates the achievements, innovations, and sector stories from the world of Knowledge Exchange, and this year we are as pleased as always to announce our finalists.


7 Oct 2021

A new company developing medicines for patients with debilitating chronic conditions; an innovative digital platform bringing the craft of knitting into the 21st century; a lightweight robotic glove empowering patients with hand weakness - these are just some of the ideas that triumphed at the 2021 Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Royal Agricultural University

17 Sep 2021

We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, the Royal Agricultural University, joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals, to benefit from the PraxisAuril mission to Develop, Promote and Connect practitioners across the UK, and the world.

Scotland’s Got Talent: Top Academic Innovators Reach the Finals of Converge 2021

9 Sep 2021

Edinburgh; Wednesday 8 September 2021: The finalists for Converge 2021, Scotland’s largest entrepreneurial development programme for the university sector, have been revealed. Exemplifying the cream of Scotland’s innovation pool, and hailing from institutions across the nation, 28 academic entrepreneurs are now through to the Converge Awards Final which takes place on 30 September 2021.

CEO Update – September 2021

1 Sep 2021

A warm welcome back to the world of work after the summer break! As we look ahead to Autumn and 2022, I thought this would be a good time to give you a flavour of all the things that we have been working on behind the scenes and have planned for you in the months ahead.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Ship Shape

27 Aug 2021

We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, Ship Shape Search Ltd. Ship Shape are joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals