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Welsh business urged to sign-up for Cardiff University expertise

24 September 2009

Welsh businesses looking to improve their economic competitiveness and develop new products with the help and support of Cardiff University experts are being urged to sign-up for a free business awareness event.

Cardiff University’s Innovation Network is holding a free evening event (Wednesday 30th September, 2009) designed to showcase new opportunities available to businesses, in all parts of Wales, to collaborate with and access Cardiff University’s research and facilities.

With financial support from the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship six-year, £70m Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) programme, Cardiff University has developed a series of Knowledge Transfer Projects - including Knowledge Transfer Centres (KTCs) in a variety of specialist subjects including engineering, manufacturing, business, healthcare and the built environment.

The KTCs are designed to identify and transfer knowledge and skills between academic institutions, business and the wider community.

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Cardiff University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement said: "A central theme of Cardiff University’s research activities is ensuring it benefits Welsh business and improves the Welsh economy.

"By creating these Knowledge Transfer Centres, with the Assembly, we hope to improve and accelerate the transfer of knowledge and expertise from our world-class research into added value development and new products for Welsh business.

"The aim is simple - as our academics undertake world-leading research, they develop expertise and use facilities which can massively benefit innovative businesses in Wales. It is therefore imperative that Welsh businesses have the chance to tap into this resource and exploit those ideas for the benefit of their business."

Attendees will hear from a number of key speakers from across Cardiff University, who will each outline collaboration opportunities and the possibilities for free business access.

Key speakers at the event include: Denis McCann from the University’s School of Engineering who will discuss Environment, Performance Engineering and Green Communications opportunities; Professor Stefan Dimov from the University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre on Micro and Nano Manufacturing; Professor Mo Naim, Cardiff Business School, will cover e-Enabled MultiModal Transport; Professor Keith Harding, School of Medicine will talk about the work of the Welsh Wound Network; and Professor Phil Jones, from the University’s Welsh School of Architecture, will discuss opportunities around research into low carbon building design.

Professor Woodhouse added: "In the current economic climate, this event is designed to reach out and support Welsh enterprise and offer businesses access to Cardiff University’s technical expertise and specialist facilities.

"I would encourage as many Welsh businesses as possible to sign-up for the event."

The event takes place at the Trevithick Building, Cardiff University, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff on Wednesday 30th September.

Registration starts at 6pm and there is a free buffet supper and networking opportunity after the presentations.

Businesses can register for the event by contacting Cardiff University’s Innovation Network by email: or telephone: 0800 801750 or online:

Cardiff University Innovation Network

Cardiff University Innovation Network is one of the most established and popular business networking events in Wales. Since its creation in 1996, over 9,300 people in total have attended the 109 events it has run for local businesses and innovators. Regular events are held in the University and elsewhere with delegates from a variety of business backgrounds attending each meeting.

The Innovation Network is recognised by industry and those involved in business support to be an important source of problem solving and knowledge-based resource provision.

Further information on the network is available at:

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Academic Expertise for Business

Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) is a six year £70m project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds, and geared to ensure Wales maximises the economic impact of its academic institutions. A4B supports a range of activities in higher and further educational institutions to develop more effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, to commercialise their Intellectual Property, develop new products and processes, increase business investment in R&D and develop and exploit the research base. Funding is available to academic institutions for projects that involve collaboration with businesses.