Upcoming conference to explore research commercialization

Brock researchers aiming to take their innovations to market are encouraged to attend the upcoming Idea to Impact Conference: Skills for Researchers on the Path to Commercialization.

The event includes an afternoon of speakers, workshops and networking that will help faculty, students and staff gain valuable insights and skills for enhancing research impact, says Brock LINC Executive Director Farzana Crocco.

“There are many ways for research to make an impact,” says Crocco. “This event is an opportunity for our research community to learn about some of those different pathways and the supports available at Brock.”

Hosted by Brock LINC, the Office of Research Services and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, the conference takes place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23 in the Rankin Family Pavilion. All Brock faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Kicking off the afternoon is Beau Standish, President of Global Enabling Technologies. Standish will share his story of how he went from being an Assistant Professor to commercializing his research and developing a spin-off business.

Following Standish’s keynote address are three workshops that will explore taking research from idea to application. Participants can attend two out of the three workshops.

The Intellectual Property and Commercialization session will answer a range of researchers’ questions related to the ownership, protection and commercialization of intellectual property.

The Entrepreneurship session covers the skills needed to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks and succeed in a variety of settings. The workshop includes a free assessment that enables participants to learn about their top entrepreneurial skills.

The Knowledge Mobilization workshop will explore the meaning of research impact, the knowledge mobilization and knowledge translation field, specific strategies and an overview of research impact supports and experiences available at Brock.

The day will end with a small networking reception. Those interested in attending are asked to register through Experience BU.

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