Managing University-Industry Centres

Event :  Innovate ’09

Date :  27/09/2011

This event is now Full

Universities and firms increasingly form large university-industry centres as focus for long-term alliances. In this workshop, we will present brand new research on the management of university-industry centres at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Warwick.

University-industry centres are usually located at universities and carry out research in collaboration with firms. They allow firms to access to state-of-the-art knowledge and public grants, and bring additional resources into universities. 

Yet, these centres sit alongside the traditional academic department, and pursue both academic and industrial goals. There are real challenges relating to the ability of universities to deliver business-relevant outcomes, the control of intellectual property, conflicting time scales and people management.

In this workshop, researchers and practitioners will discuss successful centre practices and the potential pitfalls.

Themes include:

  • How to envision, resource and implement centres
  • How to achieve the best fit between academic research and corporate R&D
  • How to organize successful centres and maximise benefits for both firms and universities
  • How to assess centre performance

Speakers Include

  • Dr Simon Philbin, Enterprise Projects, Imperial College London
  • Dr Stuart Dunbar, Syngenta
  • Dr Daping Chu, Centre for Advanced Photonics Electronics
  • Dr Andrea Mina, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Markus Perkmann, Imperial College London


Who should attend?

  • R&D executives involved in working with universities
  • Academics involved in collaboration with industry
  • Tech-transfer and university partnership professionals
  • Researchers interested in university-industry collaboration

Places are limited, so please email events@ukirc.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 2nd September. Priority will be given to practitioners involved in university-industry collaboration.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Centre of Business Performance (CBR) at the University of Cambridge and the Business School at Imperial College London. Workshop supported by the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), the European Commission via the DIME Network of Excellence and the UK Innovation Research Centre (UKIRC).