7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Event Check-In/Registration


8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


The Future of Academic-Corporate Consortia
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

For many years, companies and universities have partnered to create pre-competitive IP consortia.  Governments, and increasingly non-profits and foundations, have also been key investors/actors by creating programs to facilitate these efforts. A review of the current landscape shows that many companies are experiencing consortia "fatigue" while universities are struggling to recruit companies to actively fund and participate in these consortia.  With decades of experiences on these centers, this is an attractive time to evaluate the impact of these centers and whether they are achieving the desired outcomes.  This workshop will consider prior experiences, evaluate current wants from the various players (companies, government, non-profits, and universities) supporting these consortia and what changes can be made to enhance interest in these programs and bolster impact.

Speakers: Anthony Boccanfuso, UIDP, Wade Brown, Novartis, Pramod Khargonekar, UC Irvine, Chris Ramming, VMWare, Grace Wang, SUNY, Becky Wilson, Imperial, Jay Walsh, Northwestern


10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Douglas Price Room


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Keble Dining Hall


1 p.m.

Oxford UIDP Summit Begins


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Welcome/Opening Remarks
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

Speakers: Jay Walsh, Northwestern University & Chas Bountra, University of Oxford


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Keynote Panel - Investing for the Future, Research, and Industrial Competitiveness
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

With changing international landscapes, now, more than ever, the interplay between government-funded research and industrial strategies is in sharp focus. This opening plenary will explore the aims for government policies and interventions in this area and what this means in reality – for business, for academia, and for investment.

Chair: Alison Campbell, Knowledge Transfer Ireland
Speakers: Sir Mark Walport, UKRI & Walt Copan, NIST


2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Evolving, Maturing, Rejuvenating: 30 Years of University-Industry Engagement
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

The interactions between university and industry have firmly been on the agenda of policy making and university administration for more than 30 years now. It is obvious that such interactions have come in various forms and keep adapting and changing in line with new societal, technological and economic needs and opportunities. Not only do they respond to them, but rather do they help create them. Taking an American, Asian, Canadian and European, evolution and renewal in university-industry engagement are highlighted, taking into account the potential generated by new technologies such as AI and Machine Learning in shaping them.

Chair: David Gann, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, and UK Atomic Energy Authority


3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.



3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

What’s New? Emerging Disruptive Models for High-Value, Longer-Term University-Industry Partnering
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

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 will explore 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 aim to 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.

Chair: Karen Kennedy, University of Cambridge
Speakers: Wade Brown, Novartis, Karl Koster, MIT, Dave Bembo, Cardiff University


4:50 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops

A - Measuring Successful University-Industry Collaborations?
Room 1

There are growing numbers of industry-university collaborations globally as businesses look to become more agile, flexible in their drive to innovate more quickly. However, what makes a good collaboration partner? How do businesses gauge a successful partnership? Typically businesses look to define and establish metrics to help them demonstrate return on investment back into the organisation but selecting the wrong targets can have an adverse effect. What effects do metrics have on research deliverables and engagement?

Moderator: Paul Beasley, Siemens
Speakers: Nafiz Karabudak, Lockheed Martin, Dr. Natascha Eckert, Siemens, Mark Jefferies, Rolls Royce, David Neal, Elsevier


B - Innovative Models for U-I Consortia
Room 2

What do the next generation of University Industry consortia look like?  How much difference are government directed challenges making? Feedback from NCUB and the latest UIDP workshop, and perspectives on Government-led Interventions which promote collaborative knowledge exchange, or join up consortia with funding and other opportunities. Contributions from both UK and US perspectives along with experiences of growing effective consortia from multiple viewpoints.

Moderator: Joe Marshall, NCUB
Speakers: Dave Bembo, University of Cardiff, Chris Ramming, VMWare, Pramod Khargonekar, UC Irvine


C - Talent on the Move
Room 3

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 https://www.leru.org/publications/delivering-talent-careers-of-researchers-inside-and-outside-academia

Speaker: Jan van der Boom, Leiden University, LERU Position Paper Author


D - Data companies in the Triple Helix
Room 4

Serving the market or shaping it? Bibliometrics to pick your partners, and find out who is working together.
• If collaboration between Business/Universities a cost or benefit
• As pressures grow to partner- 2.4% challenge in the UK; what are the cornerstones effective partnering strategies – from Business and Universities
• Should Data play a role in partnering decision making?

Speakers: Lesley Thompson, Elsevier, Malcolm Skingle, GSK, Jackie Hunter, benevolent ai, David Gann, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London and UK Atomic Energy Authority


6 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Day Wrap-Up
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Phil Clare, University of Oxford


6:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Walk to Reception
Walk (or taxis) from Keble College to Divinity School


6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Divinity School, Bodleian Library

The data revolution: enjoy drinks and networking in the university’s oldest teaching and examination room, dating from the 1500s, while experiencing the latest virtual reality and augmented reality research demos. Create a keepsake in one of the oldest libraries in Europe with the invention which started the data revolution – the hand-operated printing press.


8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Keble Dining Hall

Day 2: Wednesday, July 31