Kazakh and British scientists share research commercialisation experience

Kazakh and British scientists share research commercialisation experience

LONDON, NUR-SULTAN 10 July 2020 – Young scientists from Kazakhstan and the UK hosted the final wrap-up session of a series of webinars on research commercialisation. The session was chaired by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK Erlan Idrissov and was organised by the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK.
The panellists of the online session included: Ablaikhan Ospanov, Vice-Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan; Rustem Bigari, Vice-Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan; Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University; Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International) at the University of Dundee and former member of the Scottish Parliament, and Anna Muir, Interim Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Dundee.
The session focused on the results of a series of webinars hosted from 25 June 25 to 1 July, which were aimed at providing a Kazakh-British networking platform for exchanging knowledge and skills for effective research commercialisation and academia-industry collaboration.
The speakers discussed further cooperation plans and agreed to present detailed mechanisms of the Kazakh-British partnership in scientific entrepreneurship through creating an innovative ecosystem in Kazakhstan in the near future.
The meeting emphasised the importance of building horizontal links among universities, including through the formula of “training Kazakh PhD scientists in the UK in exchange for creating innovation hubs in Kazakhstan”.
During the webinar series scientists, managers, and representatives of government agencies shared their experience in research commercialisation and talked about their existing projects.

The “Additive manufacturing and technologies for monitoring and forecasting hazards” webinar on 25 June discussed topics which are very relevant to the needs of the Central Asia region. The session included presentations by Loughborough University academics demonstrating commercialisation of civil engineering research IP through spin-off companies and industrial collaboration. Loughborough University has an international reputation for commercialisation of research through partnerships with industry.
Dr Alister Smith demonstrated how acoustic emission sensors can monitor and identify potential issues with buried structures such as pipelines, dams and tunnels, and can also detect potential landslides. In partnership with industry, he has developed the world’s first commercial acoustic emission sensors for geotechnical applications.
Dr Avinoam Baruch explained how Flood Map Live delivers accurate, real time flood forecasts, supports the appropriate implementation of flood defences and thus protects both population and critical infrastructure while mitigating the economic and environmental impact of floods.
Professor of Building Systems Engineering Richard Buswell presented his unique 3D concrete printing technology, and the impact of digital technologies on the successful development of this technology. He noted the opportunities for research for young Kazakh PhD students, and expressed readiness to engage in a dialogue with the mining industry to develop joint projects for solid waste disposal.
Contact details: MS Assel Bazilgalamova, Regional Representative for Loughborough University in Central Asia. Email: a.bazilgalamova@lboro.ac.uk

The 26 and 29 June webinars on “Drug Discovery” and “Emerging Technologies in Healthcare” took place in the format of a Q&A with PhD students and early-career researchers from the School of Life Sciences (University of Dundee). During the session, the speakers shared their personal experience of being a PhD student at the University of Dundee and answered questions from potential Kazakh PhD students about industrial training schemes, opportunities for self-development through professional training, internships, and IP management between the University and the industrial partner.
Associate Dean (International) Professor Kim Dale and Head of Postgraduate Studies Professor Carol MacKintosh spoke about the school’s policy of supporting and developing research commercialisation and the various mechanisms which exist to provide opportunities for talented students to develop their own ideas and research projects in this direction. They also keenly shared their readiness to personally answer questions of potential doctoral students from Kazakhstan or students interested in research internships at the University of Dundee.
Contact details: Prof Kim Dale j.k.dale@dundee.ac.uk

On 30 June the world-renowned Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee was the partner of the “Energy, Mining, Oil and Gas” webinar. The session was moderated by Professor of Energy Law Volker Roeben, and speakers included three CEPMLP PhD students from India, Indonesia and China.
An energy economist from Indonesia presented her PhD study on attracting energy investment through tax policy, based on the taxation of coal bed methane in Indonesia in comparison to the US and Australia. The researched from India spoke about the impact evaluation of wind generation on the cost of balancing demand and supply of electricity. And the PhD student from China made a presentation on the application of relational contract theory in the offshore oil and gas contractual framework. Dr Janet Xuanli Liao, Director of the Doctoral Studies of the School of Social Sciences, introduced the PhD Programmes at the School and CEPMLP. Having multi-disciplinary expertise, the CEPMLP is a post-graduate only institution dealing with Energy Law, Energy Economics/Management, and Energy Politics/Diplomacy. It has taught Masters’ (LLMs & MScs) Programmes and the PhD Programme. She also noted that in addition to the classic PhD programme, there is also a 4-year Professional Doctorate Programme, which is aimed at managers and executives who cannot leave their post to conduct full-time doctoral studies.
Contact details: Dr Liao, j.x.liao@dundee.ac.uk

The final session was dedicated to fashion, textile industry and product design under the facilitation of Daniyar Medetov, a PhD student in entrepreneurship and a certified tracker. A textile chemist Professor Jinsong Shen from De Montfort University opened the session with his presentation on a specific bioengineering technology for processing and modifying textile materials using the unique properties of enzymes. The session’s speakers included academics and programme coordinators of the College of Art and Design of the University of Dundee. They presented research projects in collaboration with well-known companies such as Microsoft, Hallmark, Mozilla, the Victoria and Albert Museum (Dundee) and existing opportunities for unlocking their students’ potential through the development of digital skills, as well as critical thinking, entrepreneurship, creativity, ability to solve complex problems and teamwork.
Contact details: Dundee University: Ms Linda Spalding l.s.spalding@dundee.ac.uk De Montfort University: Prof Jinsong Shen – jshen@dmu.ac.uk; Dr Manjeet Ridon, Associate Dean International, DMU – manjeet.ridon@dmu.ac.uk

Link to the Original Source: Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK

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