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2013 National Summit Conference
“University - Industry Collaboration in Challenging Times”

25th – 26th June 2013 at Aston University, Birmingham, UK 

Creating impact from academic research is of increasing importance in the current economic and social climate. The ESRC capacity building clusters have been focusing on this issue for nearly 5 years since 2008 and are now approaching the summits of their achievements as CASE, KTP, voucher and placement awards begin to finish or are near to finishing. The purpose of this conference is to present work about the successes of university – industry collaboration in these clusters and other similar research.

Subjects covered by this conference are:

  • Social enterprise and social enterprises
  • Strengthening civil society: promoting active citizenship and community empowerment
  • Creative industries and capitalising on creativity
  • Sport leisure and tourism
  • Business transformation
  • Economic impact of the third sector 
  • Retailing and the retail industry

This conference is a showcase for research associated with the ESRC capacity building clusters and for others to learn about how successful university - industry collaboration is done to increase its impact.

As this conference focuses on how research has been conducted rather than on the topic of the research itself it is a cross disciplinary event where all research topics covered by the clusters are welcome. We welcome papers of general interest to those engaged in university-industry collaboration; papers of a highly technical nature are less suitable. We also especially welcome papers and presenters from non-university organisations.

Topics will cover, but will not be limited to:

  • Management of research projects
  • Setting research expectations
  • Delivering successful CASE awards
  • Completing successful KTP awards
  • Research placements in Industry 
  • Staff consulting and exec. education
  • Cross-disciplinary methodologies
  • Impact creation on policy
  • University spin-out companies


  • Public, private or third sector insights
  • Large, medium & small organisations
  • Cluster building management
  • Intellectual property rights
  • University-industry collaboration
  • Novel funding mechanisms
  • Cross sector research projects
  • Impact creation on practice
  • Getting high quality research papers


All projects from all clusters are welcome to submit a paper and to invite their collaborators. ESRC case managers will be attending the conference.

Key Dates

  • Paper abstracts due (250 words max.)12th April 2013
  • Papers abstract accepted by 22nd April 2013
  • Full papers to be submitted by 20th May 2013
  • Full papers acceptance notification by 27th May 2013
  • Early bird registration 31st May 2013 (+20% extra after this date)

The official call for papers can be found by clicking here

The conference will run over 2 days – starting with an informal dinner in the evening of the 25th June followed by keynote speakers, themed sessions and presentations on 26th June.

General enquiries about this conference can be made to erebus@aston.ac.uk

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