Universities, industry and innovation: brokering for successful knowledge transfer

Birmingham City University logoSpeaking at the Observatory’s innovation workshop on 19 March 2009, Prof. Lynn Martin from Birmingham City University discussed the role that universities can have as catalysts for innovation, but also how barriers continue to exist that weaken universities’ potential.

How well a university links with other types of organisations has been found to depend on its strengths, geographic location and relative business infrastructure – and on the social capital of both academics and local entrepreneurs.

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Innovating in the public sector

Speaking at the Observatory’s innovation workshop, Prof. Adrian Cole from Birmingham City University outlined that the processes and drivers which enable innovation within the public and private (commercial) sectors have significant differences.

Adrian recognised that, while within the UK there has been a strong tradition of public sector innovation both at national and regional levels, some key challenges remain that need to be addressed in order to accelerate the innovation performance within the public sector.

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Last chance to register for innovation workshop

There are just two days left to register for the Observatory’s workshop From recession to growth – the importance of innovation in a changing economy.

The full day workshop will be held in the Technology Innovation Centre at Birmingham City University, on 19th March 2009.

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Innovation and the recession: innovation workshop day 19th March 2009

Patrick HarrisThe Observatory is pleased to confirm Patrick Harris as the keynote speaker at our forthcoming Innovation Day, ‘From recession to growth – the importance of innovation in a changing economy‘.

The full day workshop will be held in the Technology Innovation Centre at Birmingham City University, on 19th March 2009.

View the full agenda (pdf, 91kb).

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