14th Annual Cambridge Technology Management Symposium (CTM Symposium)

Venue: Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 25, 2008 End Date/Time: Sep 26, 2008
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Industrial Symposium: 25th and 26th September 2008, Downing College, Cambridge, UK

Background to the Symposium
Organised by the University of Cambridge Centre for Technology Management, this annual two day Symposium, now in its fourteenth year, is a firm fixture for those at the forefront of new ideas and practical application in the field. Aimed principally at an audience of senior technology and innovation managers from companies of all sizes, it draws on leading practice and research to address the current key issues in an international context.

This year's theme: Creating Wealth from Knowledge: Practice and Policy
The successful exploitation of scientific knowledge is an important driver of all advanced economies, requiring coordinated action by research organisations, funding bodies, large and small firms and government departments. This is a subject of increasing concern in many countries, as new ways are sought to stimulate and sustain growth. In the UK, this is the focus of the EPSRC Innovation and Productivity Grand Challenge, a project involving the five universities (Imperial College, Liverpool, Loughborough, Cranfield and Cambridge) and the Advanced Institute of Management. Together with their industrial collaborators, these six partners are addressing many of the issues underpinning wealth creation.

Aspects covered by the Grand Challenge include university/industry interaction, emergence of the knowledge based enterprise, breakthrough innovation in established firms, understanding barriers to innovation, growth of spin-outs, the contribution of technology brokers, policy issues and many more. This year's Symposium will draw on the work of the whole consortium in presenting and reviewing the latest practice and findings.

The Symposium will particularly explore these issues from the perspective of managers in small and large firms, seeking to develop new business opportunities. It will also consider how governments and universities might positively contribute to the effective transfer of technology from research to practice. The emerging key lessons for all parties will be discussed.