Researchers and industry to team up for ‘ideas days’

Mark Rushworth.
Mark Rushworth.

Lancaster University is to play “match-maker” by bringing together employers and top academics during a series of three day-long events.

The ‘Collaborative Impact’ days aim to match industry ideas to research to forge partnerships which lead to novel products and services.

Held in April, the events will cover eco-innovation and energy, ICT and cyber-security and quantum technologies.

Ideas could receive £5,000 of seed funding through the Impact Acceleration Account and more substantial funding of up to £25,000 - matched by the business partner – could also be available from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Dr Mark Rushforth, head of business partnerships and enterprise for physical sciences at the university, said: “These highly-participative thematic events will provide the opportunity for researchers and industry to interact and influence each other’s research and business plans.

“This process should lead to new ideas for products and services that we hope to be able to invest in so that we see genuine wider economic benefits resulting from high-quality academic research taking place at Lancaster University.”

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