7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Guided Run
Meet at Keble College


7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Event Check-In/Registration


7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Business Breakfast
Keble Dining Hall


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Day 1 Recap
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Phil Clare, University of Oxford


8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Tackling Wicked Problems: Partner for Impact

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown will present 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.

Speaker: Sandra Brown, UC San Diego


9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Are R&D Targets A Must for Innovation?
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

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?

Chair: Alison Campbell, Knowledge Transfer Ireland
Speakers: Emmo Meijer, Topsector Chemistry & Frank Fripon, KBC


10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Failure is an Option: Lessons from the Commercialization of the US Space Industries
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

Dr. Autry reviews and analyzes the role of government and academic institutions in the commercialization of the US spaceflight industries over four decades and proposes how other nations might best enable their own rapidly growing New Space industries.

Speaker: Greg Autry, UNiversity of Southern California


10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.



11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Diversity & Inclusion
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

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.

Speaker: Angela McKane, Director of Technology Intelligence, BP


11:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Introduction to Breakouts
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre


11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

A - Building Impactful Nationwide Metrics for University-Industry Partnering
Room 1

In the light of other sessions at the conference and industry scepticism around such metrics, we'll 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.)

Speakers: Tomas Coates Ulrichsen, Univesity of Cambridge, Alison Campbell, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Tim Softley, University of Birmingham, James Wilkie, University of Birmingham


B - Ecosystem
Room 2

How does the local environment impact business partnering decisions?

Speakers: Malcolm Skingle, GSK, Wim Fyen, KU Leuven, Greg King, Georgia Tech, Angela Kukula The Institute of Cancer Research


The Ethics of Using AI for Decision Making
Room 3

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

Chair: Phil Clare, University of Oxford
Speakers: Pete Rai, Cisco, Dominik Dahlem, Optum, Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford, Meghan Houghton, NSF


Global Perspectives on University-Industry Innovation
Room 4

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 will talk about entrepreneurship collaborations with Tsinghua University (considered the “Oxbridge of China” ) and for India, Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou from Cambridge will discuss 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.

Chair: Anna-Marie Greenaway, BP
Speakers: Ben Mumby-Croft, Imperial College Innovation Hub, Nicky Athanassopoulou, Cambridge University, Neeta Khurana, PDPU


1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Keble Dining Hall


2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sector Networking Tours


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Blenheim Palace – birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, world heritage site, and location for SPECTRE meeting in the latest James Bond movie – where else would we show off the latest automotive and autonomous tech? From self-driving cars and the latest in electric vehicles to the unexpected places that autonomy will play a role in the future.

Oxford Robotic Institute, Malcolm McCulloch, MobOx, Streetdrone, Roborace



Big Data Institute, Old Road Campus

Interested in the colocation of industry and academia, or providing a supportive environment for medical startups? Visit the University’s Old Road Campus for:
• Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford - an innovative academic-industry hybrid institute, with a focus on discovery research in the pre-competitive space
• BioEscalator – an innovation centre for early-stage medical businesses with high potential who will benefit from working alongside Oxford’s medical researchers
• National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI) - a new £17 million collaboration using AI to develop diagnostics in cancer, heart and genetic disorders. This large scale initiative includes 15 NHS hospitals and 10 industry partners (GEHC, Perspectum Diagnostics and Alliance Medical).
• Interactive demo from one of Oxford’s most creative med tech spinouts: OrganOx will showcase their exciting and life-saving perfusion machines key to keeping donor organs alive outside of the body

Novo Nordisk, BioEscalator, NCIMI, OrganOx


Entrepreneurship: Pitch on a Punt

Cherwell River (OUNHM wet weather alternative)

Combining the local startup scene with the traditional Oxford pastime of punting - travel in leisurely style along the River Cherwell and enjoy views of Oxford from a different angle as student entrepreneurs from the Enterprising Oxford community pitch their startups. Boater hats optional. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punt_(boat)


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What intermediaries are for?
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

In many countries, we have seen the rise of intermediaries that should bridge the intellectual, material and organisational divide between the worlds of science and business innovation. Do or do they not, that is the fundamental question? Drawing on examples from Catapult, Fraunhofer and Manufacturing USA, we address this question and mount evidence as to their contributions in reducing the aforementioned gaps.

Moderator: Kate Roynane, STFC
Speakers: Jay Walsh, Northwestern and Manufacturing USA, Simon Andrews, Fraunhofer, Stuart Martin, Satellite Applications Catapult


5:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Day Wrapup
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre


6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Keble Dining Hall


7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Gala Conference Dinner
Keble Dining Hall

Day 3: Thursday, Aug. 1