Small Science. Big Business. 2014

Following the success of the nCam2012: Small Science. Big Business. event, we are pleased to invite you to the second edition of our academia-industry showcase. This event provides a unique opportunity for company representatives to interact with leading academic researchers and students from the NanoForum Strategic Network, the Nano Doctoral Training Centre and Cambridge nanoscience community.
Date: 17th of October 2014, 9-5pm
Venue: University of Cambridge, The Gillespie Centre, Clare College

Innovations in nanotechnology are poised to revolutionize many facets of industry, allowing radical advances in countless fields and enabling new opportunities for a broad spectrum of businesses.
This event will bring together business visionaries, success stories, potential nano-entrepreneurs and other interested players to showcase Cambridge’s nanotech potential within the university and to the wider business community.

Programme & Speakers

9am – 5pm – NanoConnections Workshop: Academia-industry partnerships offer the best means for both parties to address today’s global challenges, working together to turn leading scientific discoveries into new inventions. Across two sessions, companies and leading Cambridge academics will present their experiences and discuss the potential pitfalls in establishing strong, mutually beneficial partnerships. Over lunch and within sessions, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn about the science being carried out at Cambridge and to explore possibilities for forming new technological collaborations.

09:00 Registration
09:25 Welcome address
09:35     Introduction from Lord Alec Broers FRS FREng

Session 1: The view from Industry

09:50 “Nokia in Cambridge” Dr Piers Andrew, Research Leader, Nokia Technologies 
10:10 “Working with Academia – making it a success” Dr Jon Pillow, Principal Scientist, Cambridge Display Technology
10:30  coffee break and networking
11:00 CamSES – catalysis, sustainability and entrepreneurship” Dr Giorgio DivitiniCamSES, a spin-out from Materials Science
11:20 Technology for Wafer-scale Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene” Dr Bingan Chen, Process Scientist, Aixtron
11:40 “Schlumberger research opportunities” Dr David Snoswell, Senior Research Scientist, Schlumberger
12:00 Panel Discussion: “Selling Science: What excites a CTO?” Chaired by: Prof. Sir Mark Welland FRS FREng, Professor of Nanotechnology, Director of the Nanoscience Centre
12:45 lunch and networking

Session 2: The view from Academia

13:30 “Case studies on the successful commercialisation of university nano research” Dr Alec Reader, Nanotechnology, Knowledge Transfer Network
13:50 “Real tears, at the interface” Prof. Jeremy Baumberg FRS, Professor of Nanophotonics, Director of the Nanophotonics Centre and the NanoDTC
14:10 “Nanobusiness” Dr Stephan Hofmann, Engineering, Head of Hofmann Group
14:30 coffee break and networking
15:00 “Role of science in the emerging industry of plastic electronics” Prof. Henning Sirringhaus FRS, Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics, Head of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Group
15:20 Working with Industry on Blue Sky Science” Dr Erwin Reisner, Chemistry, Head of Reisner Group
15:40 Panel Discussion: “All gain no pain: Can industrial innovation and academic freedom live together?” Chaired by: Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS, Director of Research, Cavendish Laboratory
16:30 Final remarks
approx 17:00 Close


All attendees are encouraged to prepare and take along one slide summarising their expertise/potential interests. This may come handy during the networking time.

POSTPONED Careers Networking Event: Due to extension of the day workshop programme and the level of interest, the careers networking session will happen as a standalone event in spring 2015. Watch this space!   

Getting involved

Attendee: University of Cambridge members: free of charge. External guests: attendance at both the workshop and the careers fair is priced at £50 per person, including lunch.
Register early to avoid disappointment (deadline: Thursday 9 October 2014): NB subsidised places for University of Cambridge members are now all taken, but we operate a waiting list so please register your interest and we will get back to you in case of any last-minute cancellations. Last few paid-for places are still available.
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Companies wishing to exhibit/be included in the event handbook/showcase themselves as a potential employers should get in touch with the Organisers on by end of September 2014.


Organising Committee:

Dr Dan Credgington, Dr Ahu Gumrah Dumanli Parry, Dr Silvia Hernandez‐Ainsa, Dr Katherine Orchard (NanoForum Fellows), Dr Karishma Jain (NanoDTC Teaching Fellow) and Dr Aga Iwasiewicz‐Wabnig (NanoForum Coordinator and Knowledge Transfer Facilitator for the Cavendish Laboratory).