Full 2021 Conference Schedule

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Timing

DAY 1 – Tuesday 8th June

08.50-09.00

Review – Day one offers a chance to take stock of the changes we’ve had to make around the how, where and why of KE during the pandemic year. Responding to Covid-19 put KE firmly in the spotlight as never before, whilst we all had to adapt to new ways of working that turned business-models upside down and brought down geographical barriers.

09.00-10.30

Iain Thomas, PraxisAuril Chair – Welcome and setting the scene.

 

Keynote: Chas Bountra, PVC Innovation, Oxford University. KE and Innovation: post-Covid, what’s next for universities and how can we use innovation to create a sustainable future for all?

10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-1200 Parallel 1
Boosting business resilience: Come and hear how universities are helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to recover from the impact of Covid-19. Contributions from the BIG South London Partnership, University of Kent, and Birmingham City University.
11.00-1200 Parallel 2 KE Social Science Commercialisation: where do we go from here? A discussion led by the Innovation Caucus based on findings from their recent project investigating the landscape of support for social science commercialisation.
12.00-13.00 Lunch break
13.00-14.30 KEF Metrics workshop with the Research England KEF team. Come with your questions and feedback about the first iteration of the KEF and discuss with the Research England team early findings from the review.
14.30-15.00 Break time
15.00-16.00 Parallel 1

CRM systems for KE. How do you keep track of contacts, conversations and relationships in a busy KE environment to maximise outcomes without creating too much data collection fatigue? Are bespoke or off-the shelf systems best? Join us for this topical discussion.

15.00-16.00 Parallel 2

Supporting the supply side: creating academic incentives for Knowledge Exchange. Speakers include Jaci Barnett, Bristol University and Georgina Jamieson, Edinburgh Napier University and Danielle Miles, Programme Lead for Grow MedTech, University of Leeds. .

16.15-16.45 What we’ve learned (wrap up session)

 

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Timing

DAY 2 – Wednesday 9th June

08.50-09.00 Regroup! – Day two sets up our launch pad for the future. We’ve seen how KE can operate in a crisis but we can’t work at crisis pace for ever, so what elements do we want to retain? This day is about assessing the current state of play and setting the scene for our way forward.
09.00-10.30 Launch of the KE Skills Framework: (formerly BCE) led by Jennie Shorley, Manchester Metropolitan University. A unique opportunity to hear about the development and refresh of this skills framework for KE professionals, how it relates to RTTP, and supports KE capacity and capability building as part of the KE Concordat.
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Parallel 1

Future Funding Opportunities: session with the Research England KE Policy Team.

11.00-12.00 Parallel 2 Knowledge Exchange with the Arts and Cultural sector.  This session introduces the work of the recently launched Research England supported National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE).  

It will outline recent research conducted by NCACE on how the arts and culture sector view and undertake Knowledge Exchange and will also create space to workshop the notion of skills and capacity building assets and their role in establishing mutually beneficial cultural knowledge exchange and collaboration.

12.00-13.00 Lunch break – KE Awards launch
13.00-14.30
Keynote discussion – Trevor McMillan, University of Keele and Chair of the KEC Steering Group. A keynote discussion with UUK to reflect on the roll out and reception of the KE Concordat to date and a look to what it might achieve in the future.
14.30-15.00 Break time
15.00-16.00 Parallel 1

Emerging IP issues in post-Brexit Trade Agreements. David Secher, PrA founder and patron, will Chair a conversation with Alasdair Poore, Mills & Reeve / CIPA and Charlotte Teall, Forresters IP LLP around emerging issues in the IP landscape post-Brexit, including Grace periods and patent protection.

15.00-16.00 Parallel 2

Improving KE interactions with medical charities – working together. Cancer Research UK and Institute of Cancer Research. Medical charities are key partners for collaboration and translation of research but can feel ignored in sector discussions about KE. With medical charity funding hard hit due to Covid, how can we make KE interactions stronger with these vital parts of our innovation system? With Tony Hickson, Cancer Research UK and Angela Kukula, Institute for Cancer Research. 

16.15-16.45 What we’ve learned (wrap-up session)

 

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Timing

DAY 3 – Thursday 10th June

08.50-09.00 Revolution? – Day three focuses on where we go from here. How do we create our own ‘new normal’ for future KE that plays a part in addressing urgent challenges such as climate change? How have public and business expectations of KE changed during 2020 and what opportunities does that provide?
09.00-10.30

Diversity in KE professionals. As we look forward, it’s important to address issues of diversity and inclusion in our KE profession.

Join PraxisAuril member Directors to discuss their approaches and ambitions for more diverse KE teams and activity. With Carole Barron, University of Kent and Anji Millar, LifeArc.

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10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Parallel 1

Partners in collaboration: bringing the R&D supply and demand chain together. Speakers from: Peter Wilkins, Defence & Security Accelerator; Nicola Nuttall, Heritage Innovation Theme Lead, University of Exeter and Dr Josephine Dixon-Hardy Director – Grow MedTech, University of Leeds.

11.00-12.00 Parallel 2

Physiological Society – disciplinary KE, academic engagement and the role of learned societies. Drawing on their ‘deep dive’ into KE, the Physiological Society will talk about their approach to quantifying KE arising in this disciplinary base and future recommendations for brokers, funders and policymakers.

12.00-13.00 Lunch break
13.00-14.00

PraxisAuril Report to Members / Closing Remarks. Join PraxisAuril CEO, Maxine Ficarra, and Chair, Iain Thomas to celebrate the past year and looking forward to finding out what’s in store for 2022!

 

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