What Industry Wants: Defence Academic Pathways - Challenge Launch - 14/10/2015

On 14th October 2015, the National Composites Centre will be hosting the Defence Academic Pathways (DAP) for both Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation professionals, and academic research colleagues.

DAP is a partnership led by Dstl and includes major industrial partners BAE Systems, GE, MBDA, Selex, QinetiQ and Thales, together with representatives from EPSRC, Innovate UK and a university liaison advisor.

The DAP partnership represents a significant number of the 15 most frequently cited companies from the REF impact case study analysis and the data on collaborative projects compiled by the recent Dowling Review. The companies represented by DAP have a proven track record for effective university-business collaboration; DAP was created to facilitate this process through e.g. assigning IP rights arising from collaborations to the university partner as standard.

The event is free of charge to attend and will feature the launch of the 'Reducing the cost of inserting new materials' Challenge, including details of EPSRC funding attached to this co-created, industry-led Challenge.

Places are limited and multiple registrations from a single institution may be restricted.

You may attend all, or part of the day. Please refer to the event programme and select the relevant option when registering.

The morning session will provide an introduction to DAP and the five research themes/challenges.  This session will primarily be of benefit to Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation professionals seeking to gain an overview of the DAP Research Challenges and collaboration opportunities.

The afternoon session will include the launch of the Materials Challenge and a workshop focusing on practical and technical applied research solutions for reducing the cost of inserting new materials onto platforms (testing, modelling, characterisation).  Please note that the afternoon is targeted at academic research professionals, please forward details of the event to your academic colleagues to enable them to register.

DAP's objectives are to:

  • Develop mechanisms/process aimed at creating need based research focused on delivering an enduring challenge within a 10 year timeframe
  • Link industrialists and academics, joining up the defence sector for greater leverage and influence
  • Define research programmes linking Government funded research to a real requirement
  • Provide industrial partners that can exploit it for the good of all parties

Future Defence Challenges will also be discussed, including:

  • Intelligent systems (in development)
  • Training and simulation (in development)
  • Reducing the Footprint of Electronics (in development)
  • Systems Engineering (in development)

Who should attend and why:

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Professionals - Business Development and TTO staff:

  • Identify knowledge exchange and commercialisation opportunities which align with DAP priorities
  • Build contacts among the DAP and defence community
  • Raise the profile of key researchers and activity within your institution
  • Identify cross-disciplinary applications for your current research partners/colleagues
  • Understand how to support your researchers in writing a strategic funding application for collaborative projects
  • Gain insights on the Materials Challenge to inform your academic colleagues research strategies

Academic staff:

  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Raise the profile of your research among external stakeholders
  • Identify cross-disciplinary applications and opportunities for industry collaboration with your research activities
  • Gain insights on the Materials Challenge to inform your research strategies
  • Build contacts among the DAP and defence community

Speakers and sessions will include:

  • Dstl
  • BAE Systems
  • GE
  • MBDA
  • Selex
  • Thales

A limited number of places will be available to tour the NCC after lunch (for those attending the morning session), places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (opt-in during registration process).


Registration: 09.30 – 10:00
Welcome: 10.00
Close: 17.00

To register, for the event programme and for further details, please click here.


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