UCLB Impact workshop

11 July 2016

I recently presented at an Impact workshop run by UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences in collaboration with UCL Business (UCLB), about Intellectual Property (IP) in the context of technology transfer and commercialisation as an important dimension of “Impact”.

Impact is described as: “An effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.”

It is becoming more of an issue for researchers and academics, as funding agencies are demanding evidence of research Impact. Promotions criteria increasingly emphasise knowledge transfer, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) continues to assess the significance and reach of research. It is important for universities as it affects how they are ranked and how successful they can be in getting grants or funding.

The aim of this workshop was to increase awareness of the importance of impact on an individual’s personal research career and to illustrate the different dimensions of Impact, and how these can be developed throughout a research project. Intellectual Property is a key dimension for commercialisation and technology transfer, and I was asked to present in two sessions about considering IP and commercialisation.

The event which was attended by over 40 researchers and academic staff from the Engineering faculty, it was a highly interactive forum with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. 

Isobel Finnie

Isobel Finnie


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Isobel Finnie
Isobel Finnie
Location: London (UK)

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