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“OU Innovation: how can OU help business innovate?” Focus on: emerging and enabling technologies Featuring KTN/KTP and Innovate UK

January 31 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Target Audience/ Level of experience
Academics, Research Staff, Research Students, Research Support staff
And external guests from industry

Pre-requisites/ What you need to know
General knowledge on academic/business collaboration is highly recommended (though you are still welcome if you are just curious!)

The event aims to foster existing and new relationships between academics and industry.
There will be focus round tables on: digital technologies, smart materials, wearable technologies, space and sensors, energy.
We will receive external guest from industry; and offer a networking reception.

Learning Objectives

What can academics do when industry asks to answer a R&D challenge to innovate?
What are the schemes available?
Who can support you to set up a collaboration?
What are the possibilities for OU to help (local) business grow?
…and you can meet your future partner during the event!

About the speakers
Dr Simona Foscarin, chair
Manager, Knowledge Exchange Enterprise, OU
Unit (simona.foscarin@open.ac.uk) https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonafoscarin17101983/

Mr Kamran Hussein
Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN (KTP)

Dr Charlie Winkworth-Smith
Knowledge Transfer Manager – Emerging Technologies, KTN

Mr Julian Bowrey
Regional Manager – East and South-East Midlands, Innovate UK

Other related courses

“The governmental Industrial Strategy and how HEIF 17-18 can support”, held 4/10/17
“Engagement opportunities with KTN and KTPs”, held 30/11/17

How to book:


January 31
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Berrill Building
The Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK7 6AA United Kingdom
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