University of Brighton host 2014 KTP Associates Conference

University of Brighton host 2014 KTP Associates Conference

The 2014 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associates Conference was hosted by the University of Brighton, who conceived the conference format and have been running it for many years. The 2014 event was a landmark, marking the beginning of a new era in which the event will be taken on by the KTP community and rotated between universities around the UK.

The conference, which aims to celebrate the benefits and successes of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships whilst giving KTP Associates an opportunity to present their work in a supportive environment, paid host to over 60 delegates representing 46 partnerships being undertaken with 28 universities.

"Jugal Desai's presentation entitled 'Partnership between my career dream and KTP' made an intriguing analogy between Formula1 and being a KTP Associate."

The day commenced with a keynote speech from Jugal Desai, former KTP Associate with Dando Drilling International Ltd and the University of Brighton. Jugal, who has recently been shortlisted for the Business Leader of Tomorrow Award, entertained and inspired the audience with his presentation entitled 'Partnership between my career dream and KTP' which made an intriguing analogy between Formula1 and being a KTP Associate.

The conference continued with the first paper session covering 'Engineering and Product Design,' a highlight of which was a presentation by Ana Gallego of Chas A Blatchford and Sons and TWI Ltd on the development of a new generation of smart prosthetic liners.

Before breaking for lunch, each of the 20 poster presenters were given an opportunity to pitch their posters in a rapid fire session which covered topics from fuel cells to residential rehabilitation and airborne radar to diabetes monitoring in under 40 minutes! Nicola Pether of Philips and the University of Leeds delivered a particularly strong pitch, using scaremongering tabloid headlines to demonstrate the needs for her project on addressing the benefits and concerns of NHS medical records databases.

"The afternoon ended with two concurrent paper sessions, one on 'Operations management and retail' which yielded the prize-winning paper from Veronica Malley..."

With the pitches having provided a fantastic introduction to the posters, the poster session was extremely lively. Poster presenters fielded a host of questions and all delegates were invited to cast their vote for the best poster.

The afternoon ended with two concurrent paper sessions, one on 'Operations management and retail' which yielded the prize-winning paper from Veronica Malley, KTP Associate with St Wilfrid's Hospice and University of Brighton with a paper entitled 'Branding your Local Charity Shop: A Case Study of St Wilfrid's Hospice Shops Innovative Branding Strategy Implementation' and a second on 'Chemistry and the Environment' which included the runner-up, Jen Hulse, KTP Associate with Hichrom Ltd and the Open University with a paper entitled 'The Role of Research and Development in Developing New Products within a Medium Sized Analytical Manufacturer'.

Prizes were awarded by judges, KTP Advisers Jan Stringer and Terry Corner, with trophies provided by the Technology Strategy Board.

Finally, Alasdair Cameron, Director of the West of Scotland KTP Centre, incoming chair of the KTP National Forum and host of the 2015 KTP Associates Conference summed up the day, commenting on the breadth of topics covered, the quality of presentations and the great atmosphere at the conference and concluding that he hopes to see many delegates in Glasgow next year, encouraging everyone to use their networks to help grow the event further.

The KTP Associates Conference is a really fantastic opportunity for KTP Associates to cut their teeth on the conference circuit, with an audience of peers and others who appreciate the balance of commercial and academic objectives that a KTP involves, and at the same time provides a great opportunity to see the breadth, quality and impact of the KTP programme.

Dr Shona Campbell is KTP Manager at the University of Brighton and conference editor of the KTP Associates Conference 2014. 

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