Challenges and opportunities for university-business co-creation: Comparing international perspectives

CIMR is pleased to host a Panel Debate on “Challenges and opportunities for university-business co-creation: Comparing international perspectives” on Wednesday February 19th, 12pm-2pm in Room 101, 30 Russell Square, London.

Attendance is free but please register using this form:


12.00-12.30: Welcome and sandwich lunch

12.30-12.45: Introduction – Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, CIMR

12:45-13:45: Panel and Q&A

  • Chair: Dr Renos Savva, School of Science, Birkbeck and Domainex
  • Prof Tomasz Mroczkowski, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Adrian Day, Independent Expert – Knowledge Exchange
  • Evelyn Wilson, Director, The Culture Capital Exchange
  • Dr Federica Rossi, Department of Management, Birkbeck

13:45-14:00: Conclusions


Renos Savva

Renos Savva completed his PhD at UCL and has been in the Biological Sciences faculty at Birkbeck since 1996. He invented the (since patented) Combinatorial Domain Hunting method in his lab at Birkbeck in 1999 and co-developed it into a commercial technology with colleagues at UCL and ICR, thus co-founding the start-up biotech company Domainex Ltd.

Renos was Research Director at Domainex and incubated the company in his lab at Birkbeck from its formal incorporation in 2002 until it left Birkbeck in 2007. In 2017 Domainex was listed as one of the FT Top 1000 fastest growth companies in Europe (all sectors). Renos was awarded LondonFirst’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 for his part in establishing Domainex as a viable commercial entity, leading to seminar invitations at various business schools and culminating in a long-standing collaboration with Birkbeck’s Department of Management, including membership of CIMR. A successful result of that link was establishing the MSc Bio-business programme at Birkbeck.

Tomasz Mroczkowski

Dr Tomasz Mroczkowski has studied and written about innovation, the management of change, and economic transition for most of his career. He is the author of over 100 works including articles in such journals as California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and others. He combines interest in business history with a fascination about how to think strategically about the future.

Based at the Kogod School of Business, American University Washington DC, where he serves as Professor in the International Business Department, he has also lectured on innovation in emerging economies at universities in France, Japan, India and Poland. He has conducted executive development seminars for leading American and European companies and has served as advisor to central and local governments on economic development strategy and technology cluster formation. He serves on Editorial boards for several journals including the Journal of Global Business Advancement in South Asia, The Journal of East-West Business and Worldview  – a publication of Scientific American. He is a recipient of a number of grants from private and public foundations.

Adrian Day

Adrian has spent over 15 years working at the interface between academia and the economy covering all aspects from design of data systems to providing direct advice to the Minister for Universities. Initially working on competitive funding in the UK he took over management of the Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction survey and developed it in to one of the most complete records of University-business interaction.

With UK KE policy being seen as world-leading, Adrian has spent time advising both Governments and academics around the world including the OECD and European Commission. In 2016, Adrian set-up his own consultancy for KE policy and Practice and has since been commissioned by Universities across the research spectrum and advised international partners in developing their approach to Knowledge Exchange.

Evelyn Wilson

Evelyn is a Founder/Director of The Culture Capital Exchange, established in 2011 and was Senior Manager at its previous iteration London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange. She co-developed and was Co-Investigator on Boosting Resilience. From 2012- 2016, she was Head of Knowledge Exchange with Creativeworks London focusing on the conception and delivery of its Knowledge Exchange Programme. She has deep experience as a cultural producer/curator in areas including: third cinema, photography and digital arts.

She was Director of Lighthouse, Brighton and before that worked at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton and Vokani Film Circuit Birmingham. Evelyn is advisor to Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice, Cass Business School and Honorary Research Associate, Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in many advisory roles in Arts and Higher Education contexts. She is a member of the Creative Industries Council Clusters and Regions Group. She also recently co-founded Commonplace, a small-scale outdoors based arts and environment initiative in East Sussex.

Federica Rossi

Dr Federica Rossi is Senior Lecturer in Business Economics at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research interests are in the fields of science and technology policy, economics and management of intellectual property rights, innovation activities of firms and networks of firms, economics and governance of higher education.

Federica has contributed to numerous research projects sponsored by, among others, OECD, UK Intellectual Property Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, Eurostat, British Academy/Leverhulme, Society for Research in Higher Education, British Academy of Management. She has authored numerous articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and others. She has also published two books and contributed to numerous edited volumes.

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