Please note that this is a provisional programme – confirmation of abstracts and the addition of other content may affect sessions and timings.

Day 1

Wednesday 12 June 2019


Registration Open


Site Tours
Tour 1: Ginetta – Meet outside Entrance 1 @ 12:15
Coach Departs: 12:30pm @ Outside Entrance 1, Harrogate Convention Centre

Tour 2: Cold Bath Brewing – Meet outside Entrance 1 @ 16:30

19:00 – 21:30

Welcome Reception
Exhibition Hall D

Sponsored by

Day 2

Thursday 13 June 2019


Early morning walk or choose between a 3 & 5 mile run
Meet outside Crowne Plaza


Registration Open
Refreshments – Exhibition Hall D


Opening Session

Opening Session Details

09:30-09:45 – Welcome to Harrogate, Amanda Selvaratnam, PraxisAuril Conference Committee

09:45-09:50 – Welcome, Sean Fielding, Chair, PraxisAuril

09:50-10:10 – Welcome to Yorkshire, Dr Peter O’Brien, Yorkshire Universities

10:10-10:35 – Stian Westlake

10:35-11:00 – Juliet Rogan, Barclays


Networking Break & Refreshments
Exhibition Hall D


Parallel sessions (A)

Global KE & Investment (A1)

Queens Suite Room 1


  • Abstracts 5,6,25,35
  • Format: Theatre (panel)
  • Session Chair: Nicola Mcconville, Penningtons Manches LLP
  • Speakers: John Carrigan, RebelBio; Henry Whorwood, Beauhurst; Dr Alex Chaix, BBSRC; Mark Anderson, Anderson Law; Paula Alessandro, Queen Mary Innovation Ltd
  • Session title: Spinout investment trends and funding; PraxisAuril investor template working group update
  • Session brief: The session will be split into three parts:


In the first part Henry Whorwood and Dr. Alex Chaix will discuss the uses and limitations on the data available about spin outs. The session will look at investment trends into spinouts, in the context of the wider investment market in the UK. It will also explore how the increased use of connected datasets can help informed strategic decisions and identify good practices in setting up and identifying successes in spinout companies. This will be followed by a brief Q&A.


In the second part John Carrigan will share some thoughts on best practice for securing funding for spin outs. Where VCs can be found, why they often put people before patents, why geographical location matters, and what makes the ideal investor and how institutions can assist the process.  This will be followed by a short Q&A session


  • In the final part of this session we hear from Mark Anderson and Paula Alessandro outlining the work of the PraxisAuril Investor Group and providing an update on progress on the project to produce some guideline precedent documents for use by PraxisAuril members. This will be followed by a short Q&A session.


  • Aims/Outcomes:


  • Engage with the audience to get them thinking about what metrics determine a ‘successful’ spin out;
  • Share knowledge with the audience about best practice for securing investment for spin outs which require equity funding;
  • Learn about a collaborative approach between TTOs, investors and professional service providers to achieve a best practice suite of documents.
Professional Development (A2)

Queens Suite Room 2


  • Abstracts 4,24,29,36
  • Format: Theatre (panel)
  • Limit capacity: No
  • Requirements: Top table for 6, mics, screen, laptop
  • Session Chair: Pete Leather, University of Central Lancashire
  • Speakers: Ryan Abbott, JAMS Inc. / University of Surrey; Mairi Gibbs, , Oxford University Innovation Ltd; Pawel Piotrowicz, Venner Shipley LLP; Christopher Mason, Appleyard Lees IP LLP; Freya Hine, Appleyard Lees IP LLP
  • Session title: Intellectual Property: Capturing the value of intangible assets
  • Session brief: This panel session will feature a range of speakers who will each share their experiences on the complexities of Intellectual Property Rights when commercialising academic research from a number of different perspectives, and the importance of getting it right – including:


  • Dispelling some of the myths of what can and can’t be patented (Dr Pawel Piotrowicz)
  • Managing inventorship and ownership of IP, common pitfalls and best practice (Mr Christopher Mason and Dr Freya Hine)
  • Managing conflicts of interest that arise from the commercialisation process (Dr Mairi Gibbs)
  • How mediation and arbitration can overcome these issues in order to deliver impact (Prof Ryan Abbott)


Presentations will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session focussing on:


  • Insights into the changing landscape in regard to IP and academic research
  • Understanding of the compromise between ensuring free access to information and protecting the interests of inventors and the institution
  • Obligations on individual Researchers to ensure IP is managed in a professional way


Session aims and outcomes:

  • An increased awareness and understanding of the basic process of IP exploitation

Overcoming barriers to IP exploitation by adopting simple practices and risk management that allow knowledge exchange, whilst providing opportunities for financial, non-financial and reputational returns.

Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (A3)



  • Abstracts: 14,33,38
  • Session Chair/s: Chris Hewson, University of York; Sven Hofmann, St George’s University of London
  • Speakers: Debbie Savage, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Iain Coleman, Cactus Global; Julie Bayley, University of Lincoln; Stephanie Maloney, University of Lincoln; Pilar Pousada Solino, University of Lincoln
  • Session title: Disrupting the Impact Agenda: Knowledge Exchange in the Shadow of the REF
  • Session brief: This session is relevant for staff at all levels, and will be of particular interest to those who have a role in determining support structures and resourcing requirements for impact and knowledge exchange. It combines two talks on lessons that can be learnt from REF 2014, followed by a workshop session that aims to reflect on challenges for institutions and consider means to better connect provision within an organisation.


Using an analysis of Art and Design Impact Case Studies submitted to REF 2014 as a starting point, Savage will explore approaches to defining, evidencing and demonstrating impact. In recognising a lack of guidance for applied researchers, this presentation will question if a focus on collecting and developing evidence can be viewed as a solution to multiple agendas rather than an additional burden for individuals and institutions.


Outlining the findings of a recent white paper on the evolution of impact support in UK universities, Coleman will outline how impact and knowledge exchange has evolved since REF2014, critiquing the claims that impact has become a recognised part of mainstream research, impact support has become professionalised within institutions, and the process of gathering evidence and creating case studies for REF 2021 is orderly and straightforward.


At last year’s PraxisAuril Autumn conference, we reflected on how fantastical views of impact (unicorns), a focus on end products (sausages) without reference to effort, and the consequences of financial incentive structures (strip clubs) skew how the sector operates. Similarly, in contrast to broader measures advocated in the UPP Civic Universities report, institutional accounts of KE are often narrowed and decontextualized, without recognising the efforts of engagement. As KEF establishes itself alongside REF, institutions must consider how to meaningfully deliver, and effectively connect, impact and KE. In this workshop, Bayley, Maloney and Pousada Solino will consider institutional challenges of connecting REF and KEF, discuss how an impact literacy approach can support cohesive practice, and provide an opportunity for group reflections on challenges and solutions for connecting KEF and REF within the sector.



Session aims and outcomes:

  • Reflect on lessons learnt from REF2014, and their wider applicability to knowledge exchange support and strategy
  • Identify areas of professional convergence and practical solutions to connect REF and KEF

Celebrate all forms of KE, including the civic role of universities in local economic growth

New Modes of External Engagement (A4)

Queens Suite Room 4


  • Abstracts: 7,12,13,43
  • Session Chair: Britta Wyatt, Oxentia Ltd
  • Speakers: Beata Szoboszlai, Connected Places Catapult; Elizabeth Mullis, Lancaster University; Richard Barrett, University of Liverpool; Charlotte Bell, The University of Oxford; Gregg Bayes-Brown, Oxford University Innovation; Linden Fradet, National Physical Laboratory; Leah Chapman, National Physical Laboratory
  • Session title: Your Engagement Toolkit: Exploring New Models for Fellowships, Studentships, Networks, and Communications
  • Session brief: This session aims to stimulate discussion and encourage delegates to think about different approaches and models of engagement. Following a short introduction about the importance and challenges of external engagement, four speakers will showcase different models developed at their institutions. Facilitated breakout groups then will provide delegates with the opportunity to consider key questions and share their experiences with other professionals. By the end of the session delegates will come away with some new tips and tools to adapt to their area of work.


Case studies:

  • The Business Fellow Network – Beata Szoboszlai (Connected Places Catapult), Elizabeth Mullis (Lancaster University) and Dr Richard Barrett (University of Liverpool) will talk about how the Business Fellow Network has developed a national cluster to bridge the gap of industry and academia.
  • Industry Fellowships in Building and Sustaining Strategic Relationships – Dr Charlotte Bell, The University of Oxford, Business Development and Partnering Team. Learn how Oxford utilises industrial fellowship models of differing scales to drive collaboration with UK and international companies.
  • Cluster Communications – Gregg Bayes-Brown, Oxford University Innovation. Hear how Cluster Communications are helping Oxford’s TTO to harmonise communications across a cluster through shared messaging and data, and collaborative working with local partners.
  • NPL Post Graduate Institute and Other Engagement – Linden Fradet & Leah Chapman, National Physical Laboratory. Hear how PGI (a collaboration between NPL and the University of Strathclyde and the University of Surrey) bridges the gap between academia and Industry and showcases new ways of working with partners.

Session learning outcomes:

  • Explore whether industry fellowships or studentships could work for your institution or company, and consider operational aspects of initiating, setting up and running different types of schemes
  • Explore how to transform the ethereal concept of a tech cluster into a tangible one by working with your ecosystem partners on communications.

Encourage discussion on the potential barriers to engagement and how organisations can overcome these by thinking about issues such as culture change, adapting communication to different audiences and creating flexible partnership models


Networking Lunch
Exhibition Hall D


RTTP “Town Hall”
Queen’s Suite Room 1

RTTP "Town Hall" Details

Come along to this interactive session armed with questions about the RTTP accreditation and whether it is relevant to you. In this 30-minute session over lunch, we will take you through:

  • What RTTP is and why it came about
  • Who it is relevant to and what it is for?
  • And most importantly, why does it matter?


Both sides of the case (“for” and “agnostic”) will be discussed, but we want to hear your opinions and insights together with how it is viewed in your institution


  • Session Chair: Mark Mann RTTP, Oxford University Innovation Ltd
  • Speakers: Jeff Skinner RTTP, London Business School; Robert Singh, The University of Essex
  • Format/setup: Cabaret (Essential); No upper limit; screen, laptop, lectern, top table for 3 / mic’s; would like voting if possible


13:30-14:00                                   Diversity in Spinouts, Queen Suite Room 2

This short presentation provides an overview of a project looking at promoting gender diversity in spinout companies in the UK. This project is led by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford, Vitae and the Gender Academy at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation and it is funded by the EPSRC under its Inclusion Matters programme. Its vision is to achieve a step change in institutional capacities to increase women’s participation in academic entrepreneurship and in the commercialisation of research, particularly among engineers, physical scientists and mathematicians.  Preliminary results from the project will be discussed and then audience participation will be sought in the format of feedback, comment and questions.


  • Discuss experiences and share views on gender diversity in spin outs;
  • Encourage interested parties to become involved with, and contribute to, the project


  • Session Chair: Nicola McConville; Peningtons Manches LLP
  • Speaker: Simonetta Manfredi, Oxford Brookes University
  • Format/setup: Theatre style, no upper limit, lectern, microphone, screen, top table


Diversity in Spinouts
Queen’s Suite Room 2


New Entrants to our Community
Queen’s Suite Room 3


Parallel sessions (B)

Global KE & Investment (B1)

Queens Suite Room 3


  • Abstracts: 19, 34, 52
  • Session Chair: Stuart Duncan, Edinburgh Innovations
  • Speakers: Rebeca Santamaria-Fernandez, Imperial College London; Kristen Martinez, Cedars-Sinai Technology Ventures; Han Zhang, Jusirui Management Consulting Ltd
  • Session title: Strategic International Partnerships: Their development, management and the role of the KEC professional
  • Session brief: The session will share insights and discuss effective practices for shaping and establishing strategic international partnerships. We will hear examples of how international firms are increasingly attracted to build relationships with UK Universities with access to knowledge and fundamental research, innovation, talent and creating a positive image as their main motivations.  The session will also present perspectives on how the Chinese market will evolve in the next 2-5 years, an overview of the way that the Chinese regions are governed and funded, the possible financial and tax implications and what we might do in the UK to prepare and engage for this.  It will also cover how collaborating with China’s rapidly expanding RTTP network can effectively support scientific and technological cooperation between China and the external world. Finally, consideration will be given to how international collaboration with US and Asia stakeholders can be effectively used to leverage the strengths of partners to accelerate the development of technologies and maximise return


Session aims and outcomes:

  • How to develop and leverage effective international partnerships to the benefit of all collaborators
  • Managing a complex partnership and what good governance looks like
  • The role of the KEC professional at every stage
Professional Development (B2)

Queens Suite Room 2


  • Abstracts: 53
  • Session Chair/s: Alison Campbell, Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland; Frank Allison, FIS360 Ltd
  • Speakers: Alison Campbell, Knowledge Transfer Ireland; Richard Chylla, Michigan State University/AUTM; Amanda Zeffman, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd/ASTP Proton
  • Session title: Developing the next generation of global Knowledge Exchange (KE) professionals
  • Session brief: This session will hear from three highly experienced KE practitioners who will each share reflections on lessons learned, and insights into how the profession has evolved, in a number of international contexts.


The session will be highly interactive and engaging, with discussions focussing on:


  • KE scenarios and the role of future KE professionals
  • Evolving international KE structures and interactions
  • Technology needs and requirements of the KE professionals of the future



  • Enable the audience to apply the discussions to their own future KE activities
  • Encourage delegates to think strategically and ambitiously about the role of the KE professional of the future

Inspire practitioners to consider future international and collaborative KE opportunities

Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (B3)



  • Abstracts: 17
  • Session Chair/s: Yvonne Kinnaird, University of Strathclyde; Sven Hofmann, St George’s University Of London
  • Speakers: Tamsin Mann, PraxisAuril; John Hillier, Loughborough University; Alison Mitchell, Vitae; Gurmit Kler, University of Birmingham
  • Session title: Stimulating supply to satisfying demand: researcher perspectives on Knowledge Exchange
  • Session brief: Knowledge Exchange narratives are often focused on what benefits businesses and other external organisations can derive from KE. Resolving issues on the ‘demand side’ are well explored with sector stakeholders and are the focus of many funding incentives. Conversations about the role of researchers tend to be separate, falling under the REF and the need to demonstrate Impact. But without an engaged and motivated research base we have no ‘supply’ with which to attract or satisfy ‘demand’.


By attending this session delegates will:

  • hear the researcher perspective as a balance to the often ‘demand-side’ focus of Knowledge Exchange conversations
  • discover how to create institutional incentives that will widen your ‘supply-side’ network of academic contacts
  • have a better understanding of what skills researchers need to engage confidently and productively with non-research partners


This session has been inspired by a paper authored by a group of NERC KE Fellows which provided a unique perspective of funder-supported engagement with business, non-governmental organisations and government bodies.

New modes of external engagement (B4)

Queens Suite Room 1


  • Abstracts: 41, 55
  • Session Chair: Simon Hepworth, Imperial College London
  • Speakers: Peter Ford, Nottingham Trent University; Guy Bingham, De Montfort University; Paul Dickson, Liverpool John Moores University; Beverley Vaughan, University of Oxford University; Kirstie Cochrane, University of Essex; Mark Smith, Royal Veterinary College London; Jo Dixon-Hardy, University of Leeds
  • Session title: Have we Connected Capabilities yet? Early successes and failures from the CCF projects
  • Session brief: The Connecting Capabilities Fund (CCF) creates unique opportunities to bring together universities, research institutes and external partners in new ways. This session aims to socialise achievements and challenges surfaced in the start-up year by six of the CCF projects. The session will explore what new flows of ideas, people and funding have been formed; what new partners and people have been brought into the ecosystem, and what is challenging the thinking of the CCF project leaders.


The format of the session will be a case study of one CCF project, followed by a panel session of 5 others. The session will be chaired by Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London and co-founder of the MedTech SuperConnector CCF project.

Aims and outcomes:                                                                                                                                                      This session is aimed at those who are working at the interface between the public and private sectors; whether in CCF projects or any other knowledge exchange programmes. The aim is to inform and share emerging good practice. Much has been learned in the first year of the CCF projects in terms of establishing new entities, governance models, and collaborating in new ways with new stakeholders. The issues experienced are relevant to many knowledge exchange activities and projects, not just CCF. The session will also highlight the specific collaboration opportunities available with the CCF projects presented.


Networking Break & Refreshments 
Exhibition Hall D


Parallel sessions (C)

Global KE & Investment (C1)

Queens Suite Room 1


  • Abstracts: 3,51
  • Session Chair: Timothy Brundle, Ulster University
  • Speakers: Nicos Rossides, The Cyprus Institute; Britta Wyatt, Oxentia Ltd; Anji Miller, Lifearc; Lucy Barber, University of Leeds; Shalini Pathak, University of Dundee
  • Session title: Global Knowledge Exchange Skills
  • Session brief: The session will focus on the development of global knowledge exchange skills, providing insights from international knowledge exchange projects and discussions of global opportunities and benefits. The session will combine presentations with conversations, facilitated by the chair, amongst the presenters and panel members and direct questions from the audience. Three case studies will be presented:


Northern Ireland and Hong Kong – Developing a new model of IP Investment – In Northern Ireland, public funding has helped to build an innovation eco-system, but it has not yet delivered economic outcomes that fully reflect the potential of the technologies being developed. The Énbarr Fund has been created through a partnership between Ulster University, a fund manager in the city of London and investors in Hong Kong to bring the discipline and focus of a private sector fund to support acceleration of technologies and to provide new capacity to address international markets, especially in Asia. This introductory presentation will focus on the skills and tactics used to align the interests of international stakeholders to create a global university IP acceleration fund.


Cyprus and Oxford – Knowledge Exchange – The Cyprus Institute is engaged in advanced applied research which lends itself well to opportunities for service-based commercialisation as well as IP commercialisation. Early exploration of opportunities placed initial emphasis on service based consulting engagements as a way to build traction and encourage researcher engagements. It was recognised that this pathway needed different support structures, policies, staffing and skill sets than an emphasis on spinouts. It involved hiring boundary spanners and retaining Oxford University Innovation’s consulting arm (now Oxentia) to help build the skills and know-how required for knowledge exploitation and on-going innovation management specific to the challenges the organisation faces. It was done against a backdrop, across Europe, of one of the lowest levels of investment in R&D (as a % of GDP) as well as a still nascent innovation ecosystem. Recognising that there are multiple routes to knowledge exploitation and that the different institutional settings require different approaches to capacity building and professional development, resulting in a bespoke configuration of workshops, seminars and mentoring that has proven to be highly effective


Europe – The LifeArc AUTM Technology Training Fellowship programme – The LifeArc AUTM Technology Training Fellowship programme is a unique KE training programme that helps the Life Scientist transition from the lab to become a TT professional. This programme is now completing its 2nd year and has been hugely successful, with all 5 fellows securing a TT post by the end of the programme. This programme also aligns with the cRTTP pathway. It is open to Europe and recently, ASTP has joined with a view to building the programme internationally.


     Session aims and objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the dynamic and context for building international approaches and partnerships in knowledge exchange.
  • Discuss the relevance, learnings and benefits for both mature universities and smaller capacity-building institutions from global approaches to knowledge exchange.

Demonstrate the skills arising from global partnerships and discuss how they might be sustained

Professional Development (C2)

Queens Suite Room 3


  • Abstract: 32
  • Session Chairs: Charlotte Ashbrooke, ESRC; Melanie Knetsch, ESRC; Rhian North, Cardiff University
  • Session title: Agents of change: How are top Universities changing to support Social Science-Business collaboration?
  • Session brief: Many Universities lack the basic infrastructure to support business engagement in the social sciences – leaving countless opportunities on the table. This session explores the institutional barriers to enabling social science and business to engage and will highlight successful examples of those currently undergoing changes.


Three speakers from across the ESRC impact acceleration accounts and other agents of change will present how they have been addressing the challenges of perceived or real institutional barriers. This will include how to develop a baseline understanding of what’s been happening along with how to incentivise researchers to consider business engagement, as well as the importance of strategic and senior buy in. Speakers will discuss the processes by which they have started to embed a culture of business engagement within the social sciences at their University, with the opportunity to share best practice through facilitated table discussions.


This session aims to;

  • Highlight ways a University environment can change
  • Provide examples of how to start this change process
  • Links to others who are in the process of this change
Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (C3)

Queens Suite Room 4


  • Abstract: 22
  • Session Chair/s: Yvonne Kinnaird, University of Strathclyde; Sven Hofmann, St George’s University Of London
  • Speakers: Tamsin Mann, PraxisAuril; Dan Cook, HESA; Nikki Jewer, HESA; Hamish McAlpine, Research England
  • Session title: The inputs and outputs of KE: what should the HE-BCI data tell us?
  • Session brief: This session will provide an opportunity to contribute to the review of the HE-BCIS (Higher Education, Business and Community Interaction Survey) data

which will form part of the KEF metrics data collection.


Join experts from HESA and Research England to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly in the annual knowledge exchange data collection exercise and contribute meaningfully to HESA’s ongoing consultation in this area. Views on HE-BCIS from outside the English (KEF and HEIF-linked) system are particularly welcomed.


By attending the workshop delegates will:

  • have a good understanding of the possibilities but also the limitations in the HE-BCI data and its collection
  • help HESA to understand how you would like to use data to inform your work, speak to internal and external stakeholders, and present outcomes to policy makers

be among the first to inform HESA’s ongoing review and work in this space.

New modes of external engagement (C4)

Queens Suite Room 2


  • Abstract: 40, 42
  • Session Chair: Rebecca Edwards, Bournemouth University; Rob Singh, University of Essex
  • Speakers: Andrew Basu-McGowan, NCUB; Rebecca Edwards, Bournemouth University; Rob Singh, University of Essex
  • Session title: Role of universities in the civic environment and to support regional economic growth
  • Session brief: This session will look at the role Universities play within their region to support both local economic growth and support the local community more broadly. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission, the development of local industrial strategies and the KEF Concordat are likely to bring increasing attention to this area over the next 12 months. In this session we aim to explore differences in practice between universities and compare the requirements of different localities in terms of their economic needs, support structures and relationship to their local HEI’s. Andrew Basu-McGowan from NCUB will set out practice of universities to support their civic area with support of data from the Smart Specialisation Hub. We will also hear from 2 other universities about how they engage and what the perceived benefits are. These presentation will provide a context for 3 discussion points to be explored with the group to look at good practice:


  • What do the working relationships with regional stakeholders (LEP’s local authorities, regional business bodies etc) look like – could they be more effective?
  • Is or should your university be a ‘civic university’? – what is the level of focus on the local area and is this core to your strategic plan?

What are the benefits of engaging with the regional agenda?


Queen Suite Room 1


Drinks Reception
Exhibition Hall D


Gala Dinner

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The KE Awards

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Day 3

Friday 14 June 2019


Registration Open
Refreshments – Exhibition Hall D


Plenary: Rob Wilmot, Crowdicity


Crowdsourcing Innovation: Changing the world one good idea at a time’ It’s an accepted fact that a high proportion of research, IP and knowledge remains ‘on the shelf’ at worst, and under-utilised at best. In this talk, Rob will explore why this is the case and share real-world stories of how applying open innovation and co-creation is helping to change this.


Parallel sessions (D)

Masterclass (D1)

Queens Suite Room 5


  • Abstract: 39
  • Session chair: Amanda Selvaratnam, University of York
  • Speaker: Jo North, Big Bang Partnership
  • Session title: How to Design & Facilitate a co-creation workshop for Knowledge Exchange
  • Session brief: This session is aimed at those who would like to be involved in either designing and running, or participating in, collaborative Knowledge Exchange workshops that include a diverse range of stakeholders. The Masterclass will be interactive and you will have the opportunity to work with other delegates to benefit from some fun and practical experiential learning.                                                                                                                                                             The session will include:
  • Benefits of facilitating co-creation in Knowledge Exchange
  • Understanding co-creation and the role of the facilitator
  • Key success factors in designing and facilitating co-creation events for Knowledge Exchange
  • Achieving optimal contributions from co-creation delegates – both individually and in a group context
  • Dealing with ‘challenging’ delegates and ‘sensitive’ topics
  • How to maintain momentum after the event                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Delegates will leave with

  • improved facilitation confidence
  • an understanding of how to make an immediate and positive impact as an event facilitator
  • how to get all Knowledge Exchange partners engaged and delivering beneficial outcomes as a team from the time available.
Professional Development (D2)

Queens Suite Room 2


  • Abstracts 27,30,50
  • Session chair: Alison Hardy, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Speakers: Nikky Nuttall, University of Exeter; Gareth Mayhead, Bangor University; Steven Schooling, UCL Business
  • Session title: Knowledge Exchange in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Session brief: This session will consist of short presentations from speakers, followed by Q&A at the end of each presentation on the following themes; including development of approach, case studies and lessons learned:
  • Licensing as a route to impact and income for arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Get your foot in the door of the Humanities department; then follow with a cheque
  • Innovation and Resilience in the Heritage Sector: Transforming the Approach to Knowledge Exchange


Session aims & outcomes:

  • Encourage delegates to think more strategically around the development and inclusion of the Arts into KE activities, broadening the knowledge base
  • Inspire the audience to consider the development /inclusion of Arts based KE into cross collaborative projects and future international and collaborative KE opportunities
  • Enable the audience to apply the outcome of discussions to their own future KE activities
Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (D3)

Queens Suite Room 1

  • Abstracts: 8,48
  • Session chair/s: Chris Hewson, University of York; Yvonne Kinnaird, University of Strathclyde
  • Speakers: Sarah Foxen, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; Chris Sims, University of Nottingham
  • Session title: Academia and Parliament: supply and demand?
  • Session brief: Over the past few years, the demand from policymakers and shapers for rigorous research evidence has not ceased to grow. This has been matched by an increasing desire for academics and universities to have policy impact, driven to a large extent by the impact agenda and the Research Excellence Framework. Both policy institutions and universities have been responding to this increased demand for research evidence and desire to supply it in a number of ways.


In this session, Dr Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Manager, will open by giving an overview of the research landscape in Parliament; she will detail the ways in which Parliament uses research and its mechanisms for accessing and receiving it, also highlighting the important role of knowledge mobilisers.


Chris Sims, Head of Global Policy impact at the University of Nottingham Institute for Policy and Engagement, will then present the perspective from the other side. His presentation will reflect on the ways in which the creation of the Institute by the University is helping Nottingham academics respond to Parliament’s need for research evidence, the challenges universities experience in this area and how they can be addressed.


The talks will be followed by a Q&A in which the audience will be encouraged to respond to the presentations and engage in conversations around policy impact from both perspectives.


Attendees will leave knowing:

  • How UK Parliament uses research and how to work with UK Parliament
  • Ideas for how universities can support their academics to engage with Parliament
  • Insights into the role of knowledge mobilisers in policy impact
New modes of external engagement (D4)


  • Abstracts: 49,44,47
  • Session chair: Leanne Kenyon, University of Hertfordshire
  • Speakers: Rachel Dyer, University of Central Lancashire; Nicky Cunningham, University of Exeter; Aygen Kurt-Dickson, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Session title: Looking inside and out – Lessons learnt from interdisciplinary working
  • Session brief:

This session will present a series of innovative approaches to engaging internal and external stakeholders in impactful knowledge exchange projects. It will discuss how KE professionals can steer the research agenda by keeping up to date with sector developments to broker ‘good enough for now’ solutions, that are innovative but quickly implementable. It also looks at the funding landscape changes and how this could be navigated to support professionals across sectors to continue building collaborative solutions. 


The session and discussion will focus on:

  • Engaging Across and Outside Institutional Boundaries: UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership
  • Steering multi-partner projects to deliver practical outcomes: Facilitating solutions in the fight against fatbergs
  • Supporting interdisciplinarity: perspectives from research and business development in LSE


Learning outcomes:

  • Explore success factors for bringing together relevant academic expertise and external organisation around and interdisciplinary theme
  • How to bring together disparate organisation around a shared problem, the benefits of doing this and traps to avoid
  • How can research and business development support systems meet the challenge of the international funding landscape
Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (D5)

Queens Suite Room 4

10:15am -10:45am


  • Abstract: 18
  • Session chair: Sven Hofmann, St George’s University Of London
  • Speakers: Lorna Dukes, IPO
  • Session title: Collaboration, commercialisation and cultures: (just don’t mention it’s about intellectual property)
  • Session brief: This interactive session will provide updates on developments at the IPO that are relevant to knowledge exchange and technology transfer activities, as well as enabling enable delegates to share their views on future plans.


We are seeking to reach a wide audience of delegates, both those who are familiar with the IPO’s resources and those who may not be.  The session will also be relevant to senior university managers responsible for developing intellectual property (IP) policies and managing intellectual assets, and professionals and researchers interested in IP education. 


The session will include:                                                     

An update on the Lambert Toolkit – explore what our 2019 survey reveals and discuss the future of the Toolkit;

A discussion on plans for the review of the Intellectual Asset Management for Universities guidance;

Information on ‘IP for Research workshops’, delivered in partnership with Vitae, the programme for researcher development

Supporting Impact & Knowledge Exchange (D6)

Queens Suite Room 4


10:45am -11:15am


  • Abstract: 28
  • Session chair: Sven Hofmann, St George’s University of London
  • Speakers: Vibhuti Patel, University of Cambridge; Yolande Cordeaux, University of Cambridge
  • Session title: Enabling successful academic-industry relationships
  • Session brief: The session is aimed at those actively involved in academia-industry relationships, and those who support mechanisms and structures within HEIs to enable these to form and develop.


A PechaKucha style presentation will share results from a workshop that was delivered at the PraxisAuril Autumn Conference in 2018.


This will be followed by a short interactive session to further gather experiences from delegates in order to start building a picture of best-practice in the priority areas.  Techniques and templates developed at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge will be applied to systematically collect views and experiences, to provide a unique and structured way to identify connections, consider challenges and highlight potential solutions.


The objective of the session is to continue a process started at the autumn conference, which aims to work towards a more comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted nature of KEC roles, and to provide a means of sharing best-practice.


The interactive nature of the session will allow the sharing of new learning points and models for solutions to challenges in KEC faced across HEIs. Outputs will be provided in an anonymised way to PraxisAuril for circulation with delegates.


Networking Break
Refreshments, Exhibition Hall D


Industrial Plenary Session

Plenary Session Information

This interactive session will see panel members from across industry and the charity sector debate and discuss in the context of the digital age, how research and innovation is changing in their organisations and how universities can play a role. This will cover all aspects of knowledge exchange; from research partnerships to commercialisation. You will be able to vote on questions through the conference app so that we can take the temperature of the room. The session will kick off with a brief introductory question, but the microphone will be immediately handed over to you. So, come ready with questions so you can make an impact, we’ll try to get as many in as possible!


  • Chair: Felicity Burch, CBI
  • Speakers: Clive Blacker, Map of Ag/Hands Free Hectare; Heather Niven, City York; James Kelly, Uber; Claire Pascolini-Campbell, The National Trust


Facilitated Industry Networking Lunch & Closing messages
Exhibition Hall D

Registration Desk Opening Times

Wednesday 12th June                   12:00 – 19:00

Thursday 13th June                       08:30 – 19:00

Friday 14th June                            08:30 – 14:00

Exhibition Open and Close times

Thursday 13th June                   08:30–19:30

Friday 14th June                        09:00–14:00

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