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Microbiology Partnership Building Workshop

Looking outward: Presenting our expertise and fostering collaboration

An Environment and Sustainability Institute research event
Date8 June 2022
Time13:00 to 17:30
PlaceEnvironment and Sustainability Institute

Trevithick Room, ESI

Facilitated by Oxentia, this session aims to support the Cornwall microbiology community as a cohort, and as individuals, to explore how best to build collaborations with external, non-academic organisations. Funded via IIB’s Translation Funds, this workshop welcomes all microbiology academics to join in a discussion that will explore the why, how and when to build external partnerships. The outcome of the workshop will include: access to tools, understanding best techniques, map of our research strengths, as well as the opportunity for a 121 follow up discussion with Oxentia’s industry experts.

The workshop will include the following:

Drivers for Industrial Collaboration (1-2.30pm)

  • Opportunities, challenges and potential preconceptions in academic – industry collaborations
  • Panel discussion with John Love, Will Gaze, Aimee Murray and Ben Raymond, who have engaged in industry collaborations
  • Exploration of community’s motivations to develop links with industry

Mapping Research Strengths (2.30-3.15pm)

  • Develop a ‘research wall of strength’ to identify possible new internal collaborations
  • Formulate a summary of the research strengths and interests of the community to present to relevant industry

Coffee Break (3.15-3.45pm)

Strategies to Engage with External Partners (3.45-4.30pm)

  • Introduction to VMOST (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategy, Tactics) tool
  • Practical advice on how to introduce and engage with potential partners

Understand Partner Landscape and Research Needs (4.30-5.15pm)

  • Introduction to free to use and subscription tools that help identify partners (such as IP Analytics)
  • Confidence building techniques in how to approach partners and understand their research needs

Next Steps and close (5.15-5.30pm)

121 Surgery Opportunity

  • Oxentia is also providing a small number of 121 meetings with particular microbiology researchers who would like further advice and support in their industrial interests. This additional support will be managed by our Assistant Workshop Facilitator who will then coordinate meetings with the Workshop Lead.
  • Oxentia's specific support is always tailored to be discrete and of practical value. Often, wherever possible Oxentia can make connections to potential partners within our global networks which enables researchers to progress any collaborative interests.
  • Only a small number of slots are available. Please register your interest when you register for the event.



About Oxentia

Oxentia Ltd is a successful innovation management and technology commercialisation consultancy that started in 2004 as an operating division within Oxford University Innovation Ltd, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford.

Oxentia’s mission is to provide high quality innovation management consulting services and advice, derived directly from practitioners’ perspectives to organisations around the world, adding value and enabling economic growth at all levels. Since inception, Oxentia has engaged with large corporate businesses and SMEs, university spinouts, research organisations foundations, and governments as well as academics from research institutions and universities across most continents of the world.

Over the last 18 years Oxentia have upskilled, supported and advised thousands of researchers and innovators within the UK and elsewhere in the world with their commercialisation projects and strategies.


Dr Tim Hart, Development Director
Workshop Lead and experienced microbiologist

Tim has gained >29 years’ experience in technology commercialisation, particularly from university environments, and in the life sciences. He has worked as an academic researcher, technology transfer professional, and entrepreneur, having spun-out and managed two investment-backed life science companies from university research, and advised in the formation and growth of many others. He brings particular sector leading expertise in academic entrepreneurship. His experience is truly international, having worked for and with some of the largest technology corporates and leading universities across Asia, Russia, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Africa. Tim is passionate about the socio-economic value of innovation and entrepreneurship, and over the last 29 years has developed deep insights from a local to global scale. Locally, Tim is a Trustee of the IF Oxford Festival. He has advised and supported the private and public sector across the world with strategies and implementation support for innovation and entrepreneurship instruments and programmes. Tim continues to deliver high value innovation management support work to our international client base, as well as providing keynote thought leadership to global audiences.

Tim has a BSc in Botany with Microbiology from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in soil microbiology from the University of Surrey. Tim spent four years as a post-doctoral researcher in environmental biotechnology, before founding his first spin-out in environmental biotech diagnostics.

Dr Irene Dal Poz, Training Manager
Assistant Workshop Facilitator & One-to-one Support Coordinator

Irene has a background in academic research and professional experience working for governmental offices in different countries. At Oxentia, she leads the delivery of innovation management programmes and is an experienced workshop facilitator. Before joining Oxentia, Irene was an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, where she developed a major interdisciplinary research project on citizenship. Prior to that, she worked as Junior Policy Officer for Unioncamere del Veneto (a government agency based in Brussels that specialises project development aligned with EU policies) and for Openpolis (an NGO in Rome with a focus on open data analysis). Irene has lived and worked in Italy, France, Belgium, Australia and the UK. She holds a joint PhD in Philosophy from Monash University and the University of Warwick.

ProviderEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
OrganizerEnvironment and Sustainability Institute

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