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What makes our training different to others available in the sector?

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

We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.

Our courses also focus 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 our courses begin.

20% discount on group bookings (member only)

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


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Course fees include:

Attendance at all lectures and workshops.

Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise).

Morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch every day.

Evening buffet dinner with drinks, which provide valuable opportunities to network, are as per the course programme – this usually includes registration on the first evening, and dinner on the second evening.  On our three-day courses there is a free evening for delegates (this is usually on a Thursday).  Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the evening events.

Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) Status

Demonstrate your dedication and expertise in the academic technology transfer profession by becoming a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). All PraxisAuril training courses are eligible for continuing education (CE) credits, which support your registration application. For more information about the registration process and requirements, visit the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals website at

Please note that RTTP points will only be awarded to delegates that attend ALL sessions of the course.

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Custom Training

Why would you choose a custom course?

Our core courses run regularly, but sometimes customers have specific needs requiring a tailored approach.

  • If you feel you need a bit of an extra "lead-in" to one of our core courses
  • If you have a specific group of people with shared training needs who would benefit from simultaneous training
  • If you would find it beneficial to openly discuss confidential/sensitive content within a select group

We design and deliver a wide range of courses and programmes to meet specific needs and local requirements.

We work with you to:

  • identify your specific training requirements and learning objectives
  • identify the most appropriate route to meet those objectives
  • build a course which fits around your needs

We then submit a proposal for approval and deliver the training at a venue and date agreed with you.

Our courses are delivered by PraxisAuril trainers, bringing relevant, current experience and best practice. 

If you would like to discuss a bespoke course, please contact our Training Programme Manager: or call 01223 655961.


PraxisAuril Trainers

PraxisAuril trainers are expert practitioners who volunteer their time to ensure that best practice in Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation is shared and implemented across the sector.

We have trainers in a range of disciplines, and in a number of countries. We're always keen to hear from expert practitioners who wish to share their knowledge and experience with their peers. Full training in delivery and support in constructing training modules will be provided.

PraxisAuril trainers are drawn from a range of specialist areas and are stringently reviewed and selected to ensure we are delivering a first-class experience for delegates. To register your interest in being a PraxisAuril trainer, please contact:


Typical PraxisAuril trainers include:

Dr Phil Elstob, Commercialisation Director with Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

Phil is Commercialisation Director at Cambridge Enterprise where he partners life sciences technologies from the University of Cambridge with industry and investors. Phil joined Cambridge Enterprise from Cancer Research UK, where he spent over fifteen years working on the identification, protection, development and commercialisation of novel cancer therapeutics, ultimately as Head of Commercial Portfolio. Whilst at Cancer Research UK, Phil established a partnership with Newcastle University, and notably worked for both organisations to build a strategic alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals to discover and develop new cancer drugs. Phil also spent two and a half years as Chief Executive Officer of Demuris Limited, a Newcastle University spin-out company focused on antibiotic drug discovery. He has a PhD in developmental biology from the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research (Mill Hill) and was a delegate on the very first PraxisUnico course held in Bristol in November 2002.

Paul Maclennan, Partner, Anderson Law LLP

Paul advises on a wide variety of commercial agreements focusing on transactional work within the IT, life sciences and university sectors. His clients include leading UK universities and an international IT/telecoms company. Paul is listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading UK lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property and is a contributor to a number of Anderson Law's publications on intellectual property and commercial law, most recently Technology Transfer (3rd Ed, Bloomsbury, 2010).

Sue Johnson, Consultancy Manager, The University of East Anglia in Norwich

Sue 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.


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for you to align your brand with ours.

PraxisAuril can help you reach knowledge exchange professionals and stakeholders in the UK and internationally.

Sponsorship opportunities associated with the PraxisAuril Conference 2019, to be hosted in Harrogate are now available! Please contact Maxine Ficarra to discuss your interest and objectives: or 01223 659950

Opportunities for members and industry to work with PraxisAuril on collaborative projects also exist.

Past sponsors have included:





We pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality service and experience in all areas of our work.

Our training and events consistently receive a high level of positive acclaim and customer satisfaction. The average rating for the overall quality of all courses delivered both nationally and internationally in the past 12 months is 4.6/5, where 5 is a ranking of "excellent".

As a quality-driven organisation, we seek feedback on all our activities and we are happy to share some of that feedback below:


Training - UK

The average rating for the overall quality of courses delivered in the UK over the last four years was 4.6/5, where 5 is a ranking of “excellent”. 

"A very well organised course with good speakers and course material."

Kalpana Chaturvedi, Queen Mary University of London - Developing Strategic Partnerships 2014


Training - International

Our international clients have all been highly satisfied with the training we delivered. The average rating for the overall quality of courses delivered internationally over the last four years was also 4.6/5, where 5 is a ranking of “excellent”.  Over 99% of delegates reported that they would be happy to recommend our international courses.

“It taught me how to manage networking events and helped me understand the difference between Business Development and Technology Transfer. In Italy, where this process is not yet so well defined, the two terms are often synonyms. Now I am able to fully understand the role of each and its involvement in the Knowledge Transfer process”

(Alessandro, University of Pisa). - Essentials of Business Development, 2014



Last year saw over 400 attendees from over 160 organisations, representing 11 countries, join us for our Annual Conference.

I can honestly say that this was the best conference I have ever been to. Praxis Unico 2015 was packed with interesting speakers, and opportunities to meet others working in Technology Transfer to exchange knowledge, opinions and best practices. PraxisUnico really do know how run well organised and relevant events for the Technology Transfer community.

Chelsea Brain, University of Surrey (June 2015)

"The whole thing was great. As a first-timer at PraxisUnico and someone who supports social scientists I really wasn't sure if Praxis was going to be relevant or helpful in any way. I was bowled over by how friendly and supportive the atmosphere was, we definitely were not made to feel like outsiders and I feel like I got a lot out of it. Keep up the brilliant work!"

Aileen Marshall-Brown, University of Oxford (June 2015)

"This was my first conference and I enjoyed it immensely. I met a lot of people working in Tech Transfer/ Knowledge Exchange that I wouldn't have met otherwise. Thank you."

Jeevani Mantotta-Maxted, University of Hull (June 2014)


Training Catalogue

PraxisAuril delivers training on knowledge exchange and commercialisation from expert practitioners with international academic and business excellence.

We run a comprehensive range of courses across the year. We also provide bespoke, in-house training courses, tailored to customer requirements both nationally and internationally. Find out more about our bespoke offering.

The following courses run regularly:

  • Fundamentals of Technology Transfer
  • New Venture Creation 1: First steps towards spin-outs and start-ups
  • New Venture Creation 2: Launching a high growth spin out company
  • Growing Consultancy Business in a University or Research Institute
  • Essentials of Business Development
  • Software Commercialisation
  • Practical Licensing
  • Research Contracts
  • Developing Strategic Partnerships


We also run specialist courses and industry events. Our Event Calendar lists all currently scheduled courses and other PraxisAuril events. If you wish to register your interest for a course which is not currently scheduled, please email


Training Paths

PraxisAuril courses deliver knowledge-based training on technology transfer, knowledge exchange and research commercialisation issues for KEC practitioners at every stage of their career.


We run public courses across the year, as well as working with customers to identify their specific training needs and provide appropriate support, either as an ongoing curriculum or on a one-off basis. We adapt to meet your requirements.

Our full range of public courses are available online in our Training Catalogue


If you are at an early stage of your career, you may find the following courses particularly useful:

  • Fundamentals of Technology Transfer
  • New Venture Creation 1: First steps towards start-ups and spin-outs
  • Developing, Building and Operating Consultancy in a University or Research Institute
  • Essentials of Business Development
  • Software Commercialisation


Courses which follow on from these, and are suitable for experienced practitioners, include:

  • New Venture Creation 2: Launching a high growth spin out company
  • Practical Licensing
  • Research Contracts
  • Growing Consultancy Business in a University or Research Institute
  • Developing Strategic Partnerships

We can also work with our networks to arrange internships and secondments to support the development of skills and experience.


Additional support for senior KEC practitioners includes:

  • PraxisAuril Directors' Forums 
  • Directors' Email Group

If you have a specific training/support requirement we also offer a bespoke service.