University-industry collaboration: creating research talent

Monday 01 June 2015 -
15:15 to 16:30
Session 3.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

University-industry partnerships have traditionally focused on establishing R & D programmes to develop products with commercial value.  However, in the current, competitive global labour market, universities-industry partnerships are becoming increasingly important to help students gain the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to create innovation and generate solutions to emerging social challenges of the 21st century.

This session provides a platform to share ideas about university-industry collaborations and to identify action points that can influence Higher Education and government policy on creating new programs to equip students with the skills to lead innovation in industry as well as academia. 

In the lead up to Going Global 2015, a series of short films will evaluate best practice for university-industry collaboration and the importance of collaborations for researcher development.  The films will highlight major discussion points, allowing participants to consider concepts and challenges in setting up university-industry partnerships and to come to the session to share their experiences and ideas.

The session will commence with a summary film showcasing important themes and recapping key questions, which participants will then have opportunity to debate. Participants are encouraged to fully engage in this interactive session, to share insights and help formulate policy guidelines to promote future university-industry collaborations.
 
This session is curated by Professor Takehiko Kitamori, Professor of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Japan, as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.

 

Shirley Atkinson
Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Sunderland, UK

Shirley Atkinson is the Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland. She has responsibility for the executive management and oversight of the University including delivery of its Corporate and Academic Plans, its financial sustainability, and the quality and success of its programmes and graduates. Session 3.2

Shirley Atkinson

Professor David Cardwell
Dean of Engineering and Co-director - King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Cambridge Research Centre, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Cardwell is Professor of Superconducting Engineering and Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He has authored over 310 technical publications. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 in recognition of his work on the development of superconducting materials for engineering applications. Session 3.2

Professor David Cardwell

Professor Takehiko Kitamori
Professor of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Kitamori's extensive professional career includes positions at leading Japanese industry and academic institutions including Hitachi, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology and The University of Tokyo. He is receipent of numerous honours for innovative research, including Award of Science and Technology Agency, Ichimura Award of Science and The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work. Session 3.2

Professor Takehiko Kitamori

Dr Mark Ritter
Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager - Physical Sciences, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA

Dr Ritter manages groups focusing on theoretical and technological aspects of new approaches to computing, including neuromorphic and quantum computing. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University. He is a recipient of the American Physical Society Apker Award, and has published more than 52 papers and has been awarded more than 37 patents. Session 3.2

Dr. Mark Ritter

Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE
Director of Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), UK

Dr Skingle has managed Academic Liaison at GSK for more than a decade, managing staff in the US and UK.  His role involves close liaison with government departments, research and funding councils, biotechnology companies and other science-driven organisations.  He sits on the NC3R’s Board, the HEFCE REF Main Panel A and several UK University Department advisory groups. Session 3.2

Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE

Professor Mark E. Smith
Vice-Chancellor, University of Lancaster, UK

Professor Mark E. Smith is a member/trustee of multiple national and regional boards and committees whose work is instrumental in supporting the development of strategic priorities for the UK Higher Education environment including research and business interactions.  He chaired the A level content review in 2013/14 and continues his research in NMR. Session 3.2

Professor Mark E. Smith