PraxisAuril Conference 2021: Review, Regroup, Revolution

KE making a difference in a post-pandemic world


Our three-day annual knowledge exchange conference this year takes us on a journey from the challenges – and triumphs! – of the past year to a future where KE matters more than ever.  Each day will bring you the big picture alongside sessions that zoom in on detail through case-studies, skills analysis, and stakeholder interactions.

More sessions and speakers to be announced soon. Booking now open!.

If you have registered for the conference and are looking for the links to access the session, you can find them on the Online Community conference group, that was emailed to delegates. If you are having trouble, please email


Tuesday 8th June: Review (What a difference a year makes)

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. Sessions will include a dig into KEF Metrics, a UK devolved nations roundtable and demonstration of how KE has been deployed to boost business resilience.


We are thrilled to announce Professor Chas Bountra as our opening keynote speaker! As well as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Oxford, Chas is an invited expert on several government and charitable research funding bodies, and an advisor for many academic, biotech and pharma drug discovery programmes.


Wednesday 9th June: Regroup (KE matters more than ever)

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.  Sessions will include a look at the KE Concordat as a framework for evaluation, new cultural models for KE, a revitalised KE skills framework, and a discussion of where Brexit leave UK KE practitioners and partners.


We are delighted to welcome Professor Trevor McMillan as our keynote speaker for Wednesday! Trevor became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015 and has a national role as Knowledge Exchange Champion for Research England, publishing the 2016 a report on technology transfer from universities and leading the introduction of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat.

Thursday 10th June: Revolution (Moving on up)

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? Sessions will involve a business panel to debate the future of the knowledge-based economy, a discussion on diversity in KE, and we’ll go global with KE partners from around the world.