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Technological innovation in industry and the role of the Royal Society

Snowden, CM (2010) Technological innovation in industry and the role of the Royal Society Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 64 (SUPPL.). S55 - S63. ISSN 0035-9149

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Abstract

This paper examines the interplay between industrial and academic research and explores how innovation stimulated by the Royal Society has influenced technological development in business and industry over the past fifty years. The trend for universities to foster the creation of spin-out companies has grown significantly over the last twenty years, whilst universities and government simultaneously appreciated the potential value of intellectual property and increasingly formalised interaction between industry and academia. Prior to this the flow of ideas, discoveries and technology from universities to industry relied largely on individuals. Examples of how academics, industrialists and Fellows of the Royal Society have influenced and contributed to industrial research and the world’s technology base will be explored. The presentation will examine the supportive role played by the Royal Society through research grants, innovation awards, and distinguished Research Fellowships such as the Industry Fellowships Scheme. The most recent initiative to support scientific and technological ventures shows a new direction for the Royal Society in contributing to innovation through its Enterprise Fund.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 16:49
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/17655

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