A one-day UK-oriented seminar on collaboration between universities and industries as key players for driving economic development

16 May 2019 – University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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UK universities are huge assets to their cities and regions, and to the UK’s economy and society more widely. The expectation is that the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will highlight the contribution they make, prompt universities to give even more support to knowledge exchange activities, and highlight to organisations that don’t currently interact with universities the potential benefits such partnerships can bring.

Collaboration between institutions, as well as partnerships across higher education, government and industry, increases researcher and institutional visibility. Research has shown that institutions with a diverse array of partnerships and collaborations have higher citation rates. Having the ability to discern which collaborators and partners have the potential to propel your strategic objectives forward gives your institution a distinct competitive advantage. This is true whether your objective is to secure funding or encourage innovation, commercialization of research or economic development.

The introduction of the Knowledge Exchange Framework reflects an urgent need to accelerate the exchange of knowledge among governments, universities and industries to stimulate economies and solve society’s most pressing challenges.

The AESIS Network and Elsevier are excited to welcome you at the workshop on ‘Knowledge Exchange Structures for Societal Impact’ in Oxford.


Knowledge Transfer and metrics used in KE
Regional innovation outside the Golden Triangle
Analytical Services and Impact
University Strategy for Collaboration
Industry partnering with Academia

Target groups

Research leaders from universities and research organisations
Corporates with R&D Mandates
Policymakers and funding bodies
Knowledge Exchange Officers


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Sharon Ellis (Chair)

Sharon Ellis Dr. Sharon Ellis is the Director of Research Services at Queen Mary University of London. She plays a key role in delivering the University’s strategic research ambitions, leading a team of staff who support high-quality research and ensuring Queen Mary maintains and enhances its competitive position. Working in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust, Sharon also has responsibility for the Joint Research Office which provides research, governance and trials support for clinical trials and research across both the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Trust.

Sharon was previously Director of International Science & Innovation within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She lead on European Policy related to science and innovation programmes and International relations with other countries. She also was responsible for government policy in relation to the Meteorological Office, National Physical Laboratory, the UK National Academies, as well as sponsoring the UK Space Agency and Intellectual Property Office. These organisations have a combined budget of around £700m that support scientific research and delivery of services to the public and businesses. Sharon joined the Civil Service in 2001 after having worked 5 years in consultancy. Initially at the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), carrying out a wide variety of policy roles on EU Framework Directives, Common Agricultural Policy and various secondments to Department for Transport and Rural Payment Agency.
Following her time at DEFRA, Sharon joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as Deputy Director for the Research Council and Funding Unit in the Science & Research Directorate, until August 2016. Sharon led the BEIS interests in successfully bringing together the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England to form a new organisation, UK Research & Innovation, from 1st April 2018.

Dr Ellis holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of Birmingham.

Phil Clare

Phil Clare Phil Clare is the Deputy Director, Research Services (Knowledge Exchange and Engagement) at the University of Oxford.
Research Services works with the academic divisions at Oxford to negotiate and administer research grants and contracts at Oxford, and is also responsible for research ethics and integrity, clinical trials governance, the REF, IP rights due diligence and related Knowledge Exchange activities.

Phil worked previously at the Universities of Bath and Bournemouth in a variety of roles related to Research Management and Commercialisation, and for the UK Research Office in Brussels focusing on European research funding.
He is a board member of PraxisAuril, the association of Knowledge Exchange Professionals, and has previously been on the board of ARMA, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators. He is a registered technology transfer professional (RTTP) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD). He is also a director of Fluvial Innovations Ltd, a student startup.
He has degrees from the Kings College London (BSc), the University of Bath (PhD), Bournemouth University (MA) and Oxford University (MBA), representing a very broad range of university experience both as a student and as a staff member.

Alice Frost

Alice Frost Alice Frost is the Director of Knowledge Exchange Policy at Research England. (RE - one of the nine Councils to the new UK public funding agency – UK Research and Innovation). She is responsible for knowledge exchange policy and funding at RE, and a lead expert at UKRI on commercialization. Her background is in national policy for research, universities, innovation and economic development. Over many years, Alice has advised countries across Europe and Asia on the UK model of a third stream of funding for knowledge exchange.

Maria de Kleijn

Maria de KleijnIr. Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd MBA is Senior Vice President Analytical Services for Elsevier. In this role she is responsible for bespoke analytical services to universities, funding bodies and governments worldwide, advising them on research performance, international collaboration, gender in research and research impact. Prior to joining Elsevier, Maria has worked for McKinsey and Company, for the Dutch government, and in the power and gas sector, in various analytical roles to combining big data to inform decisions. Maria holds a master’s degree with distinction in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.

Maddy Nichols

Maddy NicholsMaddy Nichols is the Chief Operating Officer at Spin Up Science. Spin Up Science leverages a powerful business model to rapidly seed an area with commercially-aware and entrepreneurially-minded postgraduate researchers, while simultaneously supporting and strengthening technology companies already present in the region. In this role she is responsible for connecting the academic research community with the growing start-up ecosystem in the City of Bristol. She holds a PhD in Nanoscience from the University of Bristol and a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Manchester.

Martin Sadler

Martin Sadler Martin is Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, on Industrial Strategy, at the University of Bristol. Most of his career has been in industrial research, firstly at HP and then Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he was VP for research. His lab developed early behavioural approaches to identifying sophisticated cyber-attacks, deployed the technology to help protect the company, before trialling with customers and seeing early research ideas turned into a product. He has extensive experience of research and innovation processes, and many of the security mechanisms in HP PCs and HPE servers came from Martin’s lab. He was site manager for the company’s Bristol site – host manager for 600 employees from multiple HPE businesses. And has managed internationally located teams.

Prior to HP he was a Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Imperial College. He chairs a number of academic advisory boards, advising on both maintaining excellence and improving translation activities, including the National Quantum Communications Hub http://www.quantumcommshub.net/ and the Surrey Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security https://www.surrey.ac.uk/surrey-centre-cyber-security , and has been a part of many academic, Government and research council panels, working groups and advisory boards for over 20 years. Martin’s first degree was in Mathematics. He was awarded an Honorary DSc, from the University of Bath in June 2009, and an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship, from Royal Holloway, University of London where he is also a visiting professor.

Lesley Thompson

Lesley Thompson Dr Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Vice President, Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s 7 Research Councils.

In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC’s collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact. During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area; Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of 2 centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014.

She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.

16 May 2019

St Catherine's College
Manor Road
Oxford, United Kingdom

This course is organised by the AESIS Network and Elsevier.

You can register through the seminar website. After registration, you will receive a confirmation via email. You will receive further details about the conference in due time. We kindly request that you register before May 9 2019. In order to create an interactive and intimite setting, we accept a maximum of 75 participants. Registrations will be accepted based on a first come, first serve-principle.


Participation costs: £ 75,-

The participation fee includes four lunches, two dinners, coffee/tea and course documentation.

Payment of the participation fee should happen before the seminar starts. You will receive an invoice together with the confirmation. Personal or company cheques are not accepted. All amounts are excluding VAT, if applicable.

If you are unable to attend the course it is permitted to allow someone else to participate in your stead, if the name of the replacement is communicated before the start of the course to the organisers. Cancellation without cost is possible until March 21 2019. If you cancel March 21 2019, you owe us the full amount.

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