Industry Day encourages companies to work with academia for business success

Published: 7 March 2011

Companies are being encouraged to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of the university to boost business.

Companies in the West of Scotland and beyond are being encouraged to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of academics in order to boost business.

The University of Glasgow is inviting firms to an Industry Day event at 11am on Thursday 10 March where they can speak directly to a range of academics and scientists about how they can work together.

More than 180 people are expected to attend the event in the Bute Hall which will showcase the following themes:

• Aerospace Defence and Autonomous Systems
• Biomedical Engineering
• Energy
• Faces, Voices, Bodies
• GRID Computing
• Imaging
• Instrumentation from 'Big Physics'
• Materials
• Nanotechnology: Science and Application
• Numerical Simulation and High Performance Computing
• Photonics
• Security
• 'Smart' Molecules: from nano to bio and responsive functional systems
• Space Systems
• Sustainability - Water

The informal, lively and interactive event will allow companies to explore how the University can help them, including how to access funding for using staff and facilities and obtaining rights to intellectual property developed at Glasgow. A case study will explain how one company who came to last year’s event, had discussions with University researchers and have successfully collaborated ever since. And a new competition will give companies and academics the chance to win research funding to start a new project.

The event will begin with a welcome presentation by Dr Kevin Cullen, Director of Research & Enterprise.

A number of companies are already working closely with the University to tackle challenges within industry, such as developing new technologies and incorporating them into their production processes.

Lynne Brown, Business Development Manager in the Research & Enterprise Office at the University said: “The University is home to a great deal of research and knowledge that businesses can tap into and we are eager to form partnerships with organisations to help them succeed. It is one of the ways in which the University can really make a difference to the economic prosperity of the city and the country.”

To register for the event please contact Kara Mackenzie on 0141 220 8643 or email

Further information:
Martin Shannon,
University of Glasgow Media Relations Office 
Tel: 0141 330 8593

First published: 7 March 2011

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