AURIL2016 Information


6th and 7th October 2016

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh,
80 High Street, The Royal Mile, 
Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

Contact: Fiona Lees
  0141 548 4754


6th & 7th October 2016, Edinburgh

2016's AURIL Annual Conference will take place on the 6th and 7th October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh. The conference will cover a wide variety of topics through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.

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

Registration now open for AURIL2016

We will continue to update the programme over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for the latest information.


Amanda Brooks 

Director Innovation

Department of Business, Innovation & Skills


  • How can your University help the local economy: This conference theme will explore the different ways UK Universities are embedded within, and are contributing to, their local economies. The breakout sessions will cover topics such as: devolution and regeneration funds; research impact in local economies; and civic engagement.
  • Organising your University:  This conference theme will explore different methods for coordinating and maximising the knowledge exchange activity undertaken within your University. The breakout sessions will cover topics such as: making the best use of your HEIF; engaging business in the skills agenda; and strategies for getting academics engaged in knowledge exchange.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:  This conference theme will build on work AURIL has been undertaking with ESRC and AHRC to better understand the role and value of knowledge exchange within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The breakout sessions will cover: different approaches to knowledge exchange in this area; the unique challenges that exist and how to overcome them; and how to ensure you are leveraging the maximum value. 
  • Selling your University: This conference theme will look at the different ways Universities have marketed themselves in order to undertake more knowledge exchange activities with business. The breakout sessions will cover: getting your academics media-ready; developing a smart marketing campaign; and creating the right demand for academic expertise.