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Making an Impact 2021 – sessions open to external audiences

Making an Impact 2021 (10th May – 11th June) is the University of Liverpool’s annual programme of development opportunities for staff. This year, various sessions are open to external audiences. See below for details of these events exploring key knowledge exchange and research developments and issues.

Keynote: Knowledge Exchange Framework and future KE strategy

Monday 10th May, 11:30 – 12:30

Speakers: Dr Hamish McAlpine (Head of KE data and evidence at Research England) and Sarah Jackson (Director of Research, Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool)

Following the first KEF publication, this keynote session will present the English KEF results, reflect on the broad value of the framework and consider the utility of both the data and narrative components.

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From Liverpool to Impact. A career in science and technology in industry and the public sector

Tuesday 11th May, 10:00 – 11:00

Speaker: Dr Alan Partridge (Executive Director of the Science and Technologies Facility Council and Head of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories)

Advice for researchers who wish to go on to pursue a career in science and technology, whether in industry or the public sector.

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From Liverpool to Impact. Moving from Research to a FTSE 100

Thursday 13th May, 10:00 – 11:00

Speaker: Dr Gary Gates (Senior Vice President, Global Business (Pearson VUE) and UK Higher Education)

A conversation with Gary Gates, his career journey from research in Nuclear Industry to leading a business division in a FTSE 100 company.

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Interactive Keynote Making University - Company partnerships pay off

Friday 14th May, 09:30 – 10:30

Speaker: Professor Matt Reed (Strategy Director for the Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool)

An interactive session sharing experience and best practice on how to make a company partnership pay off for a university researcher. Participants will also get the chance to engage with University of Liverpool Business and Impact development staff and other academics who have worked successfully worked with industry.

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Keynote: How to create meaningful social impact

Monday 17th May, 10:00 – 11:00

Speaker: Professor Nick Petford (Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Northampton)

Professor Petford will show with examples how social impact works, how it can be measured, the social value it creates, and how alumni and international partners, through the United Nations SGDs, play a key role in helping design and implement creative and enduring solutions to social and environmental problems.

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Has business finally woken up to climate change?

Monday 17th May, 13:00 – 14:00

Speakers: Dr Charlotte Grezo (worked in senior sustainability roles in major multinational companies including BP, Vodafone, Lehman Brothers and Centrica, throughout her career) and Dr Leah Robson (Co-Director of Your Energy Your Way)

Two experts talk about the ways in which businesses are reacting to climate change and whether they are really changing their behaviour. The session will look at both the strategic level (and how it ties in with broader discussions on sustainability) as well as more practical solutions.

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From Liverpool to Impact: Spinning out your research into a business

Tuesday 18th May, 11:00 – 12:00

Speaker: Dr Nick New (CEO, Director and Founder of Optalysys)

Advice for researchers who are considering forming a spin-out from their academic research.

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Global Research Collaboration and Innovation: Future Opportunities/Challenges

Thursday 20th May, 11:30 – 12:30

Speaker: Professor Graeme Reid (Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London)

An opportunity to hear about the changing landscape for international research collaboration from Professor Graeme Reid, co-author of the landmark Changes and Choices report.

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From Liverpool to Impact: Working with industry to get your research into the world

Monday 24th May, 10:00 – 11:00

Speaker: Dr Ken Lewtas (Director of Lewtas Science & Technologies Ltd.)

What makes some university research projects successful with industry while others fail or fade into obscurity? Ken Lewtas will share the knowledge he has gained from a career working in industrial research and development and with academic partners to help you get your research supported and inventions to market.

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Change! Rebuilding Liverpool City Region after COVID 19

Tuesday 25th May, 11:00-12:00

Speaker: Professor Mark Boyle (Co-Director Heseltine Institute)

Insights from Professor Mark Boyle on the increased vulnerability of British Cities and how Liverpool is well placed to lead a hopeful future.

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The Collective Knowledge Economy: leading, building and co-constructing a revitalised R&D system

Tuesday 8th June, 10:00 – 11:00

Speaker: Dr Karen Salt (Deputy Director Research Culture and Environment at UKRI)

As society recovers from Covid-19, this keynote session will discuss the opportunities we now have to challenge prevailing norms about how the research and development system works and who resides within it.

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Where can your postdoc take you?

Tuesday 8th June, 12:00 – 13:00

Speakers: Dr Georgina Key’s (Research manager at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Dr Chris Humphrey (Project Office Team Leader at Triodos Bank UK Ltd and founder of Jobs on Toast), Dr Danielle Bodicoat (freelance medical statistics and writing consultant)

A panel discussion of former postdocs with a Q+A session on ‘Where can your postdoc take you?’ This session will be facilitated by Prosper, a new approach to career development that unlocks postdocs’ potential to thrive in multiple career pathways. Prosper’s ultimate goal is to open up the huge talent pool that exists within the postdoctoral research community, to the benefit of postdocs themselves, Principal Investigators, employers and the wider UK economy.

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Making a civic impact in innovation, culture, and the economy

Thursday 10th June, 9:30 – 10:30

Speakers: James Coe (Senior Policy Advisor), Professor Dinah Birch (Pro Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement), Professor Fiona Beveridge (Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Dr Sonja Vujovic (Head of Consultancy and Industrial Strategy Projects)

In this panel debate we’ll discuss the University’s work in Liverpool City Region to support economic growth, social justice, innovation, and cultural wellbeing.

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Where can my research take me?

Thursday 10th June, 11:30 – 12:30

Speaker: Dr Julie Torode (Director of Special Projects for Union for International Cancer Control)

Hear from a University of Liverpool alumnus on her own career path and how a change can make a world of difference.

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Please note: Joining details will be sent two days, and also two hours, before the session begins to the email address you registered with.

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