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"Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology."

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New Events

Tue 04 Apr 2017

Industry 4.0 Summit 2017


Industry 4.0 Summit 2017 4th & 5th April 2017 The Industry 4.0 Summit aims to be the leading...

Innovate UK Network

Tue 28 Mar 2017

Launch of Centre for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM)

09:00 until 17:00

KTN is working with York University to launch a National Centre for Energy Efficient Materials...

Materials and Design Exchange

Fri 24 Mar 2017

5th International conference ICNBS Egypt 2017

Mar 24 / 09:00 until Mar 26 / 17:00

Naqaa Foundation for scientific Research, Technology and Development is organizing the fifth...

Naqaa Nanotechnology Network NNN

Tue 21 Mar 2017

Joining of Composites

09:30 until 16:30

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture - to...


Mon 05 Dec 2016

UK Workshop on Data Metrology & Standards

10:00 until 16:00

This is a one-day workshop being held at the University of Cambridge, designed to identify UK...

Sensors and Instrumentation

Upcoming Events

Wed 03 May 2017

Forensics Europe Expo 2017


Forensics Europe Expo 3-4 May 2017, Olympia London The leading event for buyers, users and innovators of forensic technology Scene of Crime | Laboratory Equipment | Digital Forensics | Forensic...

Forensic Science

Mon 08 May 2017

Applied and Computational Complex Analysis

May 08 / 09:00 until May 12 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Clarkson, Peter University of Kent Crowdy, Darren Imperial College London Fokas, Thanasis University of Cambridge McDonald, Robb University College London Pelloni,...

Industrial Mathematics

Tue 09 May 2017


May 09 / 09:00 until May 12 / 17:00

Techtextil is an international trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens showing the full range of potential uses of modern textile technologies. Making new contacts, connecting technologies...


Sat 13 May 2017

Nonlinear PDEs in Micromagnetism; Analysis, Numerics and Applications

May 13 / 09:00 until May 15 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Banas, Lubomir Heriot-Watt University Brzezniak, Zdzislaw University of York Prohl, Andreas University of Tuebingen The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts...

Industrial Mathematics

Mon 22 May 2017

2nd ABC Sheffield international Conference


Building on the success of the first conference in 2015, the next ABC conference will be held on 22nd and 23rd May 2017, at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Sheffield. Following the overall themes...

Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Mon 22 May 2017

2nd ABC Sheffield International Conference


Building on the success of the first conference in 2015, the next ABC conference will be held on 22nd and 23rd May 2017, at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Sheffield. Following the overall themes...

Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 22 May 2017

Braids in Algebra, Geometry and Topology

May 22 / 09:00 until May 26 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Brendle, Tara University of Glasgow Ellenberg, Jordan University of Wisconsin Putman, Andrew Rice University Ranicki, Andrew University of Edinburgh Braids are a...

Industrial Mathematics

Tue 30 May 2017

UK Space Conference 2017

May 30 / 09:00 until Jun 01 / 17:00

The most influential event for space in the UK The 2017 UK Space Conference is set to be the best and biggest ever. Held every two years, this flagship event brings together the entire space...


Mon 05 Jun 2017

Probabilistic Perspectives in Nonlinear PDEs

Jun 05 / 09:00 until Jun 09 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Friedlander, Susan University of Southern California Glatt-Holtz, Nathan Tulane University Oh, Tadahiro University of Edinburgh Pocovnicu, Oana Heriot-Watt University...

Industrial Mathematics

Mon 12 Jun 2017

New Mathematics for Safer World

Jun 12 / 09:00 until Jun 16 / 17:00

New mathematics for a safer world: wave propagation in heterogeneous materials Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017 ICMS, 15 South College Street Organisers Name Institution Croxford, Anthony University of...

Industrial Mathematics