Knowledge Exchange & Engagement Conference 2017

Changing the World through Engagement - Innovation - Impact

Thursday 30th November 2017, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Imaging Centre of Excellence, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (map)

Places are limited and so early registration is advised.

Following on from the recent publication of the University’s Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Strategy for 2017 – 2021, The Knowledge Exchange & Engagement Conference will showcase the University’s strategic ambitions for Knowledge Exchange, Engagement and Innovation. Recent sector developments in this area include large-scale funding streams (Global Challenges Research Fund and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund), the imminent launch of UKRI, the increased weighting of REF impact (25%), and a newly announced consultation on a ‘Knowledge Exchange Framework’ in England. There has never been a greater need for us to understand how to engage effectively with government, business, the public sector and the third sector, both locally and globally, to deliver world changing impact from our research. 

The conference will provide fresh insights and informative sector-wide context and debate with talks and a chaired panel discussion involving leading figures in the UK’s Knowledge Exchange and Engagement arena. Confirmed speakers include Kevin Baughan, Deputy Chief Executive of Innovate UK and Jenni Chambers, RCUK Head of Public Engagement with Research. Furthermore, the conference will feature the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement Awards and a varied series of interactive workshops to provide practical advice and support in developing Knowledge Exchange & Engagement projects.

At the end of the conference there is an opportunity to book one-to-one 'surgery sessions' with a range of our knowledge exchange and public engagement professionals. These 15 minute sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss, evaluate and obtain bespoke advice on your own specific research and innovation projects.

Conference Programme


Interactive workshop descriptors


Morning session A: 11:35am – 12:15pm

A1: Knowledge exchange and engagement with under-served communities
‘Hard to reach’ – or ‘easy to ignore’? Explore techniques and tricks for planning and delivering your work with audiences often underserved by our engagement efforts. Join us for a mini-showcase of techniques for setting up effective engagement sessions, modelled in practice during the session. We’ll also cover an introduction to a toolkit for best practice in engagement. Participants will hear from colleagues from community and knowledge exchange projects working to engage the community in a historically deprived neighbourhood in Glasgow, who will share their experiences – including their top tips and common pitfalls. Colleagues are encouraged to bring along examples of projects trying to reach underserved audiences. In the session, we will start to apply the learning from related contexts and best practice to inform your future engagement plans.

  • Jessica Watson, Knowledge Exchange and Community Engagement Officer, Olympia Social Research Hub
  • Lizzie Leman, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland
  • Neil Orr, Community Organiser, Thriving Places Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie

A2: Take control of YOUR staff profile for external engagement
Your University Staff Profile will almost certainly be the first thing people find when they search for you on the web. Is your profile up to date and does it give the right impression about you, your work and interests? Find out how to take control of your profile, what to include and get advice on how to format your content. This practical session will answer any questions you have about your staff profile and linking other social media accounts. Who should attend: this session is for anyone with an out-of-date staff profile or one which they would like to overhaul. If you would like tailored advice then please bring along a laptop (with VPN) and ideally you should have access to your staff profile through T4, you can register here - Or alternatively bring along a laptop and your information on a word document for us to discuss.

  • Paige McCaleb, Research Marketing Officer, College of Social Sciences 
  • Laura Tyler, Research Communications Manager, Research & Innovation Services & External Relations

A3: Collaborating with business – moving relationships on from initial engagement
In this session, we will hear 3 perspectives on how to move academic-industry relationships forward to the next level. We will hear the industry/corporate perspective – what are they really looking for? We will hear from the government/funder perspective – what does a fundable quality interaction look like? Finally, we will hear from the academic perspective – what are the pitfalls, what works? The session will consist of 3 speakers with the opportunity for questions and should appeal to academics who are interested in forming collaborative research partnerships with industry/business/corporates. The session will start on the assumption that the audience has moved past the fundamentals of starting to make connections with industry external to the University.

  • Dr Gordon Meiklejohn, Business Development Manager, Research & Innovation Services
  • John Hannah, Estimating Director - Construction, Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
  • Dr Siobhan Jordan, Director of Interface
  • Matthew Wasley, Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN


Afternoon session B: 2:25pm – 3:05pm

B1: REF impact myth-busting: experiences from the Panels
A panel discussion involving former REF panellists from the main REF areas, sharing their experiences and insights of the introduction of the formal assessment of impact in REF 2014. The discussion will be semi-structured, with questions related to the nature of impacts valued in the exercise, types of evidence and the challenges of public engagement, as well as questions from participants.

  • Rose-Marie Barbeau, Research Impact Manager, Research & Innovation Services
  • Prof Julian Dow, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and REF2014 Panel A Assessor
  • Prof Jon Cooper, Wolfson Chair of Bioengineering, Vice-Principal of KE and Innovation and REF2014 Panel B Assessor
  • Prof Chris Philo, Professor of Geography and REF2014 Panel C Assessor
  • Prof Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies (English Literature) and REF2014 Panel D Assessor

B2: Creating economic impact from research-generated innovation
This workshop is aimed at academic and research staff generating research output with potential commercial applications and/or those with entrepreneurial ambitions. The session will provide an overview of intellectual property and commercialisation options along with support mechanisms available to bridge your innovation to engagement with industry or investors.

  • Mel Anderson, Head of IP and Commercialisation, Research & Innovation Services
  • Dr Kate Rowley, Investment Director, IP Group plc
  • Graham Forrest, Mewburn Ellis (patent agents)
  • Dr Declan Diver, School of Physics (Founder, Anacail)

B3: How to get your research heard in the Scottish Parliament
In this session Dr Suzi Macpherson, Senior Researcher at SPICe, and Dr Carlos Galan-Diaz (CoSS Research Impact Officer) will pull back the curtain to reveal how the research service within the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) operates within the political landscape of the Scottish Parliament - and how you, as academics, might effectively engage with the Scottish Parliament to have your research heard by MSPs in parliamentary (and political) decision-making. The session aims to explain how academic research can inform Parliamentary debates and ultimately contribute to scrutiny of Scottish Government policy. Attendees will learn about the functions of the Scottish Parliament as a devolved legislature, including the role performed by subject Committees. This knowledge hopefully can allow you greater opportunities to engage with - and hopefully influence - debate and decision-making that takes place in the Scottish Parliament.

  • Carlos Galan-Diaz, Research Impact Officer, CoSS
  • Dr Suzi Macpherson, Senior Researcher, SPICe


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