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In light of Knowledge Valorisation Week, initiated by the European Commission and taking place on 27-30 April, join us for a conversation with professional staff and researchers with commercialisation experience from Europe and North America to discuss developing and managing valorisation and research commercialisation.

Universities are increasingly demonstrating their important role in addressing regional and societal needs. Therefore, institutional mechanisms and support structures within universities are crucial for the enablement of valorisation and commercialisation to further collaborate with business and government and continue to enhance impact of research on society. Nevertheless, there are still several challenges ahead for universities to leverage their full potential and transform traditional ways of working. This panel will discuss the notion of valorisation and how it differs from research commercialisation. Furthermore, we will discuss how universities can enhance their valorisation capabilities through training and skills development, mentoring and leadership, while exploring different commercialisation pathways across Social Sciences and Humanities and STEM as well as overcoming barriers. 


Gain insight into the developing and managing valorisation and different commercialisation pathways, challenges, and success factors from experts around the globe.  

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If you are a university leader, manager, professional, academic or researcher looking for ways to enhance your institution’s performance and impact through valorisation and research commercialisation, this panel discussion is for you. 

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Dr. Emma Salgård Cunha

Commercialisation Manager (AHSS) at University of Cambridge

Emma develops and enhances Cambridge Enterprise’s support for academics, researchers and students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, with the aim of enabling creative engagements between Cambridge researchers and beneficiaries in business, government and policy, the voluntary and community sector, and wider society.

Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Emma was College Lecturer in Theology at Keble College, Oxford and Lecturer in English at Middlebury College’s Oxford Humanities Programme. She also worked in outreach, public engagement and student recruitment at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Her monograph, a study of eighteenth-century religious and literary culture, appeared in 2017. She is Executive Secretary of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Sean Farran

Global Innovation Lead at LSE and Head of Marketing and Communications at Aspect Social Sciences Network

Born in South Africa, Sean grew up between the UK and the South Pacific. After finishing the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) he completed three masters degrees looking at art history, law, business, the cultural landscape and social psychology. With a developing eye for business initiatives he won several awards for social entrepreneurship whilst studying at The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE).

At London School of Economics (LSE), Sean is Global Innovation Lead, Partnerships & Business Development, LSEGenerate, Research & Innovation Division. Furthermore, he is Head of Marketing and Communications at Aspect Social Sciences Network. Aspect is a Social Sciences platform for entrepreneurship, commercialisation and transformation, a growing network of organisations working together to support innovation, entrepreneurship & research commercialisation in social sciences.

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva

Manager Strategic Initiatives at UIIN

Balzhan Orazbayeva is the strategic initiatives manager at UIIN. In this role, she designs and delivers innovative training, consultancy concepts and models to develop more engaged and entrepreneurial universities. Balzhan has undertaken research around university-business collaboration and social innovation and has run a number of training programs and workshops around entrepreneurial universities, future of universities and university-business collaboration. Balzhan holds a  doctoral degree from the Free University Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), where she focused on the engagement of academics and businesses in education-driven university-business collaboration. She is the co-editor of The Future of Universities (FUT_) book series.

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