Universities and Business: Strengthening the Partnership
Scotland generates the most university- based research within the UK as a whole, demonstrating the strength of the university sector. However, the NCUB’s final Task Force report published in 2016, highlights that spending by business in this area is still significantly lower than across the rest of the UK. Scotland’s universities must continue to develop innovative ways to provide the optimum environment to transform and work in partnership with businesses, creating more jobs and contributing to economic growth.
What more can be done to harness the partnership between universities and business to ensure Scotland’s international reputation in world-class research and higher education is maintained and enhanced?
Join this Holyrood event to gain an up to date briefing on the latest policy developments impacting research and innovation in universities and businesses. This event will offer the opportunity to explore the latest measures and recommendations to help strengthen the partnership between universities and business as well as examples of good practice of effective collaboration.
Key issues to be addressed:
- The latest policy priorities and developments in research and innovation
- Different models, opportunities and options for exploring innovation and enterprise
- Examples of good practice that can help Scotland's universities and industry to lead in creating sustainable innovation and sustainability.
09:15 Registration and morning refreshments
09:55 Welcome and introduction by the Chair
Willy Roe CBE, Chair, British Council Scotland Advisory Committee
Session 1: Update on Legislation and Policy
- An update on Scottish Government policy and the latest measures
- Maximising the impact of research, innovation and funding
- Recommendations for Scotland’s future innovation
10:00 Academic-business collaboration: Making it happen
The presentation will outline the key factors in creating the right environment for successful academic-business collaborations. Through impactful case studies, Siobhán will share her knowledge of co-creating academic –business collaborations as facilitated by Interface over the past 12 years.
Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface
10.25 Key Intellectual Property Issues in Research and Innovation
- Who owns the Intellectual Property?
- What use or commercial exploitation of the Intellectual Property can be made?
- Academics need to publish versus protection of valuable Intellectual Property
Robert Buchan, Partner, Brodies
10.40 Questions and discussion
11:00 Refreshments and networking
Session 2: Panel discussion: Exploring Innovation and Enterprise
- Encouraging and facilitating increased knowledge exchange activity between universities and industry
- Simplifying and enhancing the partnership process for SME’s
- Promoting regional and sectoral collaboration
- What role can enterprise agencies, business networks and universities play in encouraging business innovation and research?
- Implications of Brexit for securing research funding
11:30 Business-minded: Building different futures
- Universities are demonstrating a Can Do attitude on business engagement and strengthening partnerships.
- All roads lead to talent.
- How we can make the most of opportunities for regional and sectoral collaborations.
Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Convener of Universities Scotland, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University
11.40 Stimulating and Supporting Industry & University R&D Partnerships
- Breadth of industry partnerships
- One size and approach does not fit all
- Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration
Dr Ian Brotherston, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme Manager, Innovate UK
11.50 Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab
12.00 Building a Stronger Economy with Scotland's Small Businesses
Donna Chisholm, Regional Head of Sectors, Innovation and Programmes, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
12.10 Questions and Discussion
12:50 Lunch and Networking
Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies
- Creating sustainable innovation and inward investment
- Industry led innovation; an example of good practice
- Trusting Scotland’s entrepreneurship to boost the economy
13:30 Space to Innovate
Lucy-Rose Walker, Chief Entrepreneuring Officer (CEO), Entrepreneurial Spark
13.50 Enhanced Phase-Change Material for Heat-Storage Applications
Andrew Bissel, CEO, Sunamp Ltd, and Professor Colin Pulham, Professor of High-Pressure Chemistry and Head of School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
14.40 Discussion: What does the future of innovation partnerships need to look like in order to ensure effective, focussed, and sustainable economic growth?
15:00 Close of event
* Agenda subject to change
Venue and costs
Event location: The Law Society, Atria One, 144 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EX
Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For more information please email email@example.com or phone 0131 285 1635
31 May 2017