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PraxisUnico Conference 2014: Excellence in Practice

PraxisUnico Conference 2014: Excellence in Practice

Registration is now open for this year’s PraxisUnico conference which is being held from 12-13 June at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

PraxisUnico conferences are powerful networking events, providing delegates with an opportunity to connect directly with professionals from academia, business and government – from all around the world. With more than 60 speakers already confirmed from a wide variety of organisations including: the Motorsport Industry Association, IBM, Warwick Manufacturing Group, BP, Love Iced Cocktails, Tata Steel Colors and the Met Office, and with extended opportunities for networking, we’re delighted that the 2014 conference promises to deliver all that our members have asked for, and more!

More than 200 delegates from over 100 organisations have already registered to attend. Will you be part of it?


For universities and research organisations to continue to play a leading role in driving the economy out of recession, it is important to recognise and share best practice that achieves real impact, both regionally and nationally. Our conference this year provides a range of sessions that promote knowledge sharing, innovation fostering, and a better understanding of continual change within business and university environments. Through identifying and promoting ’excellence in practice’ in a range of areas - some relatively new, some more established – we hope all delegates will leave with practical suggestions that can be applied to their day-to-day work.

The programme includes a choice of ten parallel sessions which have been structured to appeal to all levels across a research commercialisation workforce – from new employees to senior directors. See the tab on the left of the page for further details.

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New for 2014 – Site Visits and IP Training

We’re delighted to offer conference delegates the opportunity to take part in a number of activities on the afternoon of 11 June. A place at the conference must be booked in order to participate. See the tab on the left of the page for details.

Poster Competition

Once again there will be an opportunity for delegates to showcase their work by entering the poster competition. See the tab on the left of the page for details.

Topical Issues

This is your opportunity to talk to a group of like-minded people about the things that are important to you. A selection of topical issues, as suggested by conference delegates, will be discussed in designated interest groups over lunch on Friday 13 June. Email your suggested topics to conference@praxisunico.org.uk

Confirmed speakers

We are delighted to be able to confirm our keynote speakers – Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology at the National Assembly for Wales, Professor Chris McGuigan, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University and Chairman of the Board and Scientific Director of the Life Sciences National Research Network Wales and Bill Aulet, Managing Director of The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT.

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Conference Venue

The conference is being held at the four-star Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa, a modern hotel situated in the vibrant capital city of Wales. All of the sights and attractions of Cardiff are within walking distance.

Whether you are travelling by road, rail or air, the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel is easy to find. If you are driving, the venue is just a few miles from the M4. A small number of complimentary car parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis at the hotel. If you are travelling by train, the hotel is approximately one mile from Cardiff Central Station (five minutes by taxi). Cardiff airport is 15 miles away (30 minutes by taxi).

If you need to stay in touch with the office while you are away, complimentary access to Wi-Fi is available at the hotel.

Please click here for further information.

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa

24 26 Newport Road
CF24 0DD, Cardiff


Please note that all accommodation at the conference hotel has now been sold. PraxisUnico has secured alternative accommodation at other hotels in the area which can be booked online by clicking here. Conference accommodation sells very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

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The Impact Awards, organised by PraxisUnico, recognise and celebrate the success of knowledge transfer. Please see the Impact Awards website for further information.

The awards will be held at the conference gala dinner on Thursday, 12 June at the National Museum Cardiff and will be hosted by Steve Mould. Steve is one of the co-presenters on ITV’s brand new I Never Knew That About Britain (airs in March), he also makes regular appearances on The One Show and has featured on Britain's Brightest and Blue Peter. Steve has a Physics MA from Oxford University and works frequently with schools, giving talks and demonstrations on Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Psychology. He is also one third of the hugely successful geeky comedy trio, Festival of The Spoken Nerd who, after sell-out shows across London and the West End, have just completed taking their unique blend of comedy, science, music, maths and interactive experiments on its first UK National Tour.

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP

+44 (0) 2920 573000


If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the PraxisUnico office.


Tel +44 (0)1223 659951

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Thank you to our supporters

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Additionally, Welsh Government Innovation offers a range of funding and support for collaboration to both businesses and academic institutions. Whether you are looking for additional knowledge and expertise, access to specialist skills, equipment or recourses, or a collaboration partner for a research project, universities and colleges across Wales are ready to help you with your business problems.

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Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations. www.rcuk.ac.uk.

The seven UK Research Councils are:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
  • Medical Research Council (MRC);
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).


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