2014's AURIL Annual Conference took place on the 9th and 10th October at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester. The conference covered a wide variety of topics with a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.

You can view the conference programme here.

The AURIL Conference is a key event in the KE calendar and provides an unparallelled opportunity to network with the community.


For 2014 our Keynote speakers were:

Adrian Bailey MP Chair, House of Commons Business Innovation and Skills committee

Professor Luke Georghiou  B.Sc., Ph.D.Vice-President for Research and Innovation, University of Manchester

Our Plenary speakers for 2014 were:

Professor Angus Laing Chair, Association of Business Schools and Dean of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Owen Nicholson External Research Programme Manager with Dyson

Professor Roy Sandbach Innovation Strategy Lead at North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP)

Alfred Schillert Head of Board, TechnologieAllianz e.V.and Managing Director of PROvendis GmbH

Professor James Wilsdon Chair, Campaign for Social Science and Professor of Science & Democracy, SPRU, University of Sussex

Mark Craighead, Head of Business Projects, Redx Anti-infectives Ltd

Breakout Sessions

Delegates also had the opportunity to attend a selection of break-out sessions on the following topics:

What does Knowledge Exchange mean to different universities and sectors?
Policy/Government view on the importance of Universities to LEPs
Fraunhofer in the UK
Connecting with Innovative Companies
Collaborative Knowledge Exchange
The Secret of Success: A case study of a successful University LEP relationship
Catapult Centres
Effective Connectivity with the Public Healthcare
Working with Business Schools – examples of how KE offices and Business Schools have worked together to increase KE activity
A Business View of LEPs and Universities
 Effective Connectivity with the Voluntary and Third Sectors