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Hard to tell whether industry collaborations are rip-off or BOGOF

March 10, 2012

It’s difficult to imagine science existing without industry in this day and age. And the connection between these two estates is, the UK government hopes, becoming ever stronger. That said, one MEP recently said that public-private partnerships (PPPs) are not all they’re cracked up to be.

“PPPs are absolutely necessary, but so far they haven’t been very successful in attracting private money,” Teresa Riera, a socialist MEP from Spain, is quoted as saying in Research Europe. “Public money should not be used to finance R&D activities in private companies.”

If you’re a scientist and you think you can get extra cash out of industry, here’s something to consider.

Registration for the Science Technologies Facilities Council’s roadshow, an opportunity for members of academia to meet potential partners from industry, is now open. Says BIS:

Organised in partnership with the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN (ESPKTN), these FREE events are designed to support greater engagement between UK engineering companies and large international European research institutions such as CERN, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL).

The roadshows will provide an opportunity for UK engineering firms to find out more about these facilities’ current procurement needs and processes and to hear from other UK companies that have already benefited from such collaborations.

The roadshow is calling at:

  • Cardiff – 11 April
  • Belfast- 12 April
  • Edinburgh – 17 April

Eager participants can register online via the Connect platform.

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