Northern Ireland

Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Intellectual Property Management

June 18th, 2010, Queen's University Belfast

Event background

The ‘Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education’ is a five year strategy to strengthen the UK’s position in international education. As part of this initiative, the Centre for Built Environment Research at Queen’s University is collaborating with academic partners in China to integrate enterprise-relate topics into under- and post-graduate curricula. Queen’s University considers this to be a vital ingredient in future economic growth, with relevant activities already embedded into degree pathways of all of its science, engineering and technology subjects.

Please see the British Council website for more information about the Prime Minister's Initiative.

Voted as the UK 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' for 2009 at The Times Higher Education Awards, the aim of this workshop is to communicate Queen’s University’s expertise in this area. As sponsor of the Higher Education Awards, the Chief Executive of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship stated that: "Entrepreneurship is embedded in every part of Queen's. It demonstrates excellence in all areas: strong leadership at all levels; tremendous engagement with students in a diversity of learning opportunities; and a clear, tangible impact on staff, business and the local community." Presenting at the workshop will be a combination of academic staff from Queen’s University and industry-based experts from partnering companies and organisations.

This event was orgainsed and hosted by Queen's Univesity in conjunction with the UK-China Science Bridge and in collaboration with common partners.

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1. Workshop inauguration & key note address
Professor Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast
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2. What is intellectual property?
Mr. Mark Earnshaw, Murgitroyd & Company
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3. How should intellectual property be managed?
Mr. Derek Weir, Knowledge Exploitation Unit, Queen’s University Belfast
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4. Understanding commercialisation
Dr. Paul Donachy, Knowledge Exploitation Unit, Queen’s University Belfast
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5. Setting up academic spin out companies
Mr. David Moore, QUBIS Ltd.
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6. The Northern Ireland Spin Out (NISPO) initiatives
Mr. Richard Brook, E-Synergy
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7. How is employability embodied in the civil engineering curriculum?
Dr. John Copelton, Education and Skills Development, Queen’s University Belfast
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8. Promoting and teaching entrepreneurship
Mr. David Gibson, Management School, Queen’s University Belfast

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9. Current approach to entrepreneurship and employability in Chinese institutions
Professor Wei-Liang Jin, President, Ningbo Institute of Technology
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10. Case study of a Queen’s University Belfast spin off company
Professor Muhammed Basheer, School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
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