Future of Innovation and Collaboration in the UK


Dr Fiona JamiesonIndustry Partnerships and Commercialisation Senior Executive - Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 1

About this Session

The panel will discuss the future of Innovation & Collaboration in the UK. How will Universities and companies work and collaborate across borders with Regulatory uncertainty? Will the UK be able to attract the best talent, both students and post-graduate, and how will this affect the Innovation potential of the UK?

Panel Host: : Dr Darren Budd, BASF plc

Guest panellists:

  • Dr Graeme Cruickshank – Chief Technology & Innovation Officer – CPI
  • Dr Fiona Jamieson – Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Senior Executive – Faculty of Natural Sciences  at Imperial College London
  • Dr Peter Clark – Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Panellist bio:

Fiona is part of the Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation (IPC) and is responsible for managing and growing partnerships with industrial partners including co-creating research activities to solve industrial and societal challenges. The aim is to make it easier for businesses to identify the most relevant academic experts and design effective bespoke collaborations, with academic teams working on challenge-led research programmes or flagship industry-funded centres. Imperial partner with a broad range of companies including multinationals, such as BASF, as well as start-ups and SMEs. In addition to research partnerships, the IPC team are also responsible for Imperial’s technology transfer activities, managing the process of translating technology from the laboratory into commercial practice. Prior to working in the IPC team, Fiona worked at Imperial Consultants, supporting Imperial’s academics to undertake consultancy and before that was at the Institute of Physics working on Business and Innovation Policy. Fiona holds a PhD in charge generation in organic photovoltaics from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.