University of Hertfordshire

Delivering applied research: Facing the sharp end

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Ian Johnston - Speaker

The University’s Enterprise and Business Development SBU’s ‘MEMS Group’ delivers high-value, applied research to major clients including the UK MoD (via Dstl), the EU, Thales, Innovate UK and the BBSRC: thus covering a spectrum from UK Government advisors (Dstl on security) through international industry (Bayer and Thales) to mainstream applied R&D funders. Indeed our relationship with Dstl was central to their implementation of a Framework Agreement to facilitate a closer mode of long term collaboration with the University. To achieve this, MEMS has evolved a distinct modus operandi with significant similarities to a commercial research provider, but within an academic context. However, contrastingly, it also provides a focussed environment for researcher development within the University community. Flexibility of operation, pragmatism, adaptability, strong teamwork and multi-skilled staffing will be shown to be key aspects of this model. In this talk we will review a range of major projects currently conducted by the group, with a combined value of over £2 million in total, and in the process reflect upon the unique challenges and opportunities of conducting this form of highly business-facing work. These challenges will include our philosophy for managing technological uncertainty and end user’s uncertainties of specification, whilst contractually committing to complex, multidisciplinary, ‘turn-key’ technological deliverables.
8 Jun 2016

Event (Conference)

TitlePublic Engagement with Research
LocationUniversity of Hertfordshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionLocal event

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