Knowledge Exchange & Engagement Conference 2019

The Knowledge Exchange & Engagement Conference will take place on Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 from 12 o’clock onwards on the main campus.

Places are limited and so early registration is advised.

The theme of this year’s conference is "Building Partnership for Impact". The half-day conference will explore why collaboration beyond academia is important, showcase best practice and provide information on the support and infrastructure that is available to help build partnerships.

The conference will comprise a mix of keynote presentations, a panel Q&A, and interactive workshops. There will also be time to network with colleagues and speakers.

We will be announcing the winners of our Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement Awards at the conference.

Nominations have now closed. The shortlist can be found here.

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Conference agenda 

12 noon

Registration & buffet Lunch


Welcome:  Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow


Keynote: 'The Triple Helix: Working together to innovate'

Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline


Panel Session: Sharing best practice: how the University can engage more effectively with partners'


Knowledge Exchange Awards 


Coffee break


Keynote: Will Hutton, Principal, Hertford College, University of Oxford


Breakout sessions - choose from one of our workshops below:

a) Business Partnerships

b) Public Engagement Partnerships

c) Public Sector Partnerships


'Building Better Relationships', Bonnie Dean, VP Corporate Engagement & Innovation


Closing remarks: Professor Steve Beaumont, Emeritus Vice Principal


Drinks reception and networking

Breakout sessions

a) Business Partnerships

This session will showcase a successful academic-industry partnership, describing how the partnership started, challenges faced and outcomes. We will also hear from an academic who has successfully created a new venture to lead the exploitation of research generated opportunities.

  • Dr Neil McDonnell (School of Humanities) - collaboration with software developer, Sublime to explore how VR can be used to improve student learning
  • Dr Derek Gilchrist (Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation) - creation of spin out company, Causeway Therapeutics

This session will take place in the Senate Room.

b) Public Engagement Partnerships

This session will focus on organising and evaluating impactful public and community engagement activities.

  • Dr Melanie Jiminez (School of Engineering)
  • Dr Taya Forde (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
  • Dr Paulina Trevena (School of Social & Political Sciences)

This session will take place in the Turnbull Room.

c) Public Sector Partnerships

This session will celebrate some of the partnerships our academic staff have built with public sector organisations. The session will cover practical advice on how to build relationships with public sector partners and discuss how working in partnership has led to successful outcomes.

  • Dr Olivia Stevenson, Head of Public Policy, UCL
  • Professor Lorna Macpherson (Dental School)

This session will take place in the Melville Room.