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Networking event for Industry Fellows and Entrepreneurs in Residence



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


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This Industry Fellows College networking event takes place at the Royal Society on 22 November from 9am-6pm.

This conference will address cross-sector collaborations by bringing together past and current Royal Society Industry Fellows, Entrepreneurs in Residence and their collaborators.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues and successes and hear about the wider work of the Society. Training courses will also be offered to participants.

The Royal Society Industry summer placement programme supports students to complete a placement with an Industry Fellow. We will be joined at this event by our summer students, who will present their work.

As well as past and current Industry Fellows, there will be a limited number of places at this event for others interested in the relationship between industry and academia. If you would like to attend, please email with a short explanation as to why you are interested in attending.

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Schedule of talks

22 November




Keynote talks

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An introduction and the importance of the Royal Society science, industry and translation programme

Dame Sue Ion FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee

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Foundations, Fluidity and Flexibility

Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, BenevolentAI


I have been amazingly lucky to have had a very varied career across academia and industry but a big part of that has been because I have been open to opportunities, pursued what I thought was important and was happy to move outside my comfort zone. From studying monkey behaviour at London zoo, through to drug discovery and development in various pharmaceutical companies, setting up my own company and then running the BBSRC to AI and machine learning my career journey has been anything but dull! 

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Talks from past Industry Fellows

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A new formulation chassis offering enhanced performance and sustainability

Dr Tiffany Wood, University of Edinburgh


A new type of gel, formed where colloids are dispersed in a nematic phase, was published in Science in 2011 by Dr Wood and co-authors from the University of Edinburgh.  This type of gel can be configured to allow colloids to be drawn to a surface.  Through a Royal Society Industry Fellowship with The Mentholatum Company Ltd, makers of pain relief products like Deep Heat, Dr Wood set out to explore whether this type of gel could be made with nematic phases similar to those used in topical creams.  Her PhD student, Navneeta Katyan, funded by the SCI Sydney-Andrew studentship worked on exploring the physics of the structure and dynamics of these composites.

During this presentation Dr Wood will discuss the journey of research and the discovery of new physics that could change the way that companies make formulated products.  A patent has been filed, and since the technology is applicable across sectors, the team are looking for additional partnerships to take this discovery through to product.  This provides a more environmentally-friendly alternative to current technologies; this may be attractive to companies wishing to comply with a recent EU Directive.

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Coffee break and networking


Introductions from new Industry Fellows

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Professor Aristides Matopoulos, Aston University
Dr Jackie Chappell, University of Birmingham, UK
Professor Matthew Gibson, University of Warwick
Dr Nikos Dikaios, University of Surrey
Dr Stefano Albrecht, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Zoltan Nagy, Loughborough University
Professor Peter O'Brien, University of York

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Lunch and summer student poster presentation


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Commercial literacy: How do companies work?

James Otter, Founder of CommLit.Online, Ellipson, and former Entrepreneur in Residence

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The entrepreneurial journey and key decisions along the way

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of Genius Foods


In this presentation, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Foods Ltd, the UK’s leading gluten free bakery brand, will be taking you through questions and challenges entrepreneurs commonly navigate, while they find the most efficient and impactful route for converting their business idea into an established and sustainable business.

There will be an opportunity to ask Lucinda questions in the Q&A session following the presentation.

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Coffee break


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What investors look for before they invest

Dr Luke Hakes, Octopus Ventures


The session will help participants understand what investors focus most keenly on at different stages of the investment cycle, from Seed through to Series A and on to Series B. Though there are significant overlaps at each point, in terms of the raw elements that investors look for, the relative importance and level of development of each of the constituent parts changes as a business evolves in its development. The session will try to dispel the myths surrounding institutional investors and equip participants with the information that they need in order to have successful investor conversations.

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IP: so much more than patents

Dr Pete Hotten, NuAge Vision

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Closing remarks


Drinks reception

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