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Oxford UIDP Summit Materials

UIDP partners with its member institutions to host events. These events are designed to:

  • Share knowledge through presentations, panel discussions and workshops
  • Advance UIDP’s Project activities at dedicated project working group sessions
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Showcase high-value U-I collaboration in real-world settings through presentations, tours and host and sponsor site visits

Need a recap? Access all available presentations and event materials from the Oxford UIDP Summit here. These presentations were not prepared by UIDP and do not necessarily reflect UIDP policies or positions. Check back soon, more presentations will be posted as they become available.

The Oxford UIDP Summit report is coming soon! 

Wednesday, July 31

Oxford UIDP Summit

Whats New?

This session identifies and explores emerging partnership models that are disrupting the way universities and businesses work together to develop high-value and mutually beneficial relationships for the longer term.

Drawing on insights from senior thought leaders from the UK and US, the session explores examples of these disruptive experiments and their key features, their potential for significant added value to be created and captured, and the challenges faced by those involved in implementing these new models in their organisations.

Through a panel discussion and active Q&A we give delegates exposure to a variety of exciting new ways for university-industry partnering that can unlock significant added value as well as an understanding of the hurdles they could face in trying to do something new.

Researcher mobility. Is there enough of it, do measurement regimes stifle it, are departments in “hot” areas being killed by demand? How do academics move in and out of academia? How do industry people move in and out of academia? cf peer-reviewed papers

Thursday, Aug. 1

Hear about Dr. Angela McKane’s experiences of multiple diversity and inclusion aspects in her life and career at both Glasgow University and BP in this short talk.

Challenges and opportunities for the US and the UK as Research Leaders. Will include feedback from the latest UIDP workshop. Ben Mumby-Croft from Imperial College Innovation hub talks about entrepreneurship collaborations with Tsinghua University (considered the “Oxbridge of China” ) and for India, Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou from Cambridge discusses the U-I partnership  work with PDP University in India with Prof Neeta Khurana – a social scientist working on rural community access to energy and SME entrepreneurship.

R&D targets and metrics have become common place (e.g. 3% norm by EC, 2.4% norm in UK). However, what do those norms signal? What is their effect, if any? And, if such targets are deemed not relevant, what should then replace them?

How does the local environment impact business partnering decisions?

UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown presents recommendations from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU’s) Public Impact-Focused Research (PIR) Initiative, formally slated for release in November 2019. The PIR Initiative, underway for 18 months, is a strategic, transformative university movement with the intent of addressing societal problems beyond the reach of a single university-based research program. The initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of society by advancing human knowledge through basic and applied research, and to provide a common framework and vernacular for communicating how APLU member institutions and their industry and community partners can embark upon solutions.

In the light of other sessions at the conference and industry scepticism around such metrics, we discuss what would be the most ‘useful’ data to be collected systematically across (many) universities (i.e. with broad coverage across a national university system) to enable helpful comparisons? Current reviews of data collection on both sides of the Atlantic may allow us to shape metrics to be internationally comparable and more relevant  to the needs of stakeholders (businesses, policy makers, politicians.)

  • Ethics of Using AI for Decision Making (Meghan Houghton, NSF)

Ethical implications of using AI for decision making including privacy; algorithmic accountability; transparency and explicability of decisions; contesting decisions. The healthcare sector provides case studies as one of the first places people will feel the effects.

Friday, Aug. 2 

Human-Centered Futures

This session examines the fundamental importance of social sciences research to the fourth industrial revolution. The panel considers how the social sciences can help industry to create human-centered technologies that embed the needs and interests of people within their products and services from the start, design new technologies to augment human performance, whilst proactively engaging with questions of authenticity, privacy and trust in the emerging socio-technological landscape, and discussing innovative public-private partnerships that foster lifelong and pervasive learning with technology.