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What roles for public, private and education sectors
in knowledge transfer, innovation and economic growth?

The ninth biannual Technology Transfer and Innovation Conference (tti2004), to be held at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh from 29th June to 1st July, will explore the challenges of the knowledge economy.
Speakers from government, industry and research will debate issues and opportunities generated by changing social, commercial and regulatory environments, focusing specifically on how knowledge creation and transfer can help organisations to exploit change. Europe wide research findings will be presented and speakers from Russia will be joining the conference as well.
The three day conference is organised by Technology Transfer and Innovation Ltd and backed by, amongst others, the DTI, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Executive. Opened by Jim Wallace, Deputy First Minister for Scotland and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, it will address three dominant issues facing organisations in a knowledge economy:
Market needs and knowledge development
Speakers include:
* Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and Scottish Further Education Funding Council
* Peter Saraga OBE, Chairman of the Business and the Community Committee, HEFCE
* Roger Sandland, Deputy Chief Executive, CSIRO
* Paul Copland, Senior Executive, Scottish Enterprise
This session, on the 29th June, will address issues in the creation and transfer of knowledge. Keynote speeches, conference papers and workshop sessions will cover topics such as the gap between commercial and academic research agendas, commercial exploitation of the physical sciences and the role of higher education and government in promoting innovation that supports economic growth.
The challenge of exploiting knowledge
Speakers include:
* Cowan Coventry, Chief Executive, Intermediate Technology Development Group
* Steve Rayner, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
* Sylvester Houston, University of Denver, Colorado
* Andrew Haslett, Director, Group Technology, ICI
This session, on the 30th June, will address issues in the exploitation of knowledge. Keynote speeches, conference papers and workshop sessions will cover topics such as solutions to the unequal distribution of technology between the developed and developing world, the nature of debate surrounding new technologies and public hostility towards them, cultural issues in knowledge exploitation, and the role of universities in entrepreneurship.
Business in a changing environment
Speakers include:
* Sir Crispen Tickell, former British Ambassador to the United Nations in New York
* Dr Alistair Keddie CB, former Acting Direcotr-General of Innovation Group at the Department of Trade and Industry and Senior Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Group
* Andrew Wilson, Director, Centre for Business and Society, Ashridge Management College
* David Brown, KTP Centre, West of Scotland
This session, on 1st July, will identify opportunities for businesses to compete through innovation in a global economy. Keynote speeches, conference papers and workshop sessions will cover topics such as the DTI Innovation Report and Richard Lambert Review of Business/University Collaboration, the role of businesses in the creation of a knowledge economy, sustainable development, and the translation of academic research into business opportunity.
In addressing these issues, and many others, tti2004 will draw on the latest thinking from around the world. Workshop sessions in particular will offer valuable networking opportunities - a unique chance to share knowledge and explore issues in greater depth, with colleagues from around the world.
Dr Ed Robson, OBE, Managing Director Technology Transfer and Innovation Ltd said: “The Technology Transfer and Innovation Conference is the UK’s most important technology transfer and innovation event. There is competitive advantage and cost savings to be made from applying knowledge to business improvements and anyone interested in this rapidly evolving area should attend tti2004. Equally those involved in implementing, or advising on change in commercial or social organisations stand to gain from the conference.”
For more information about tti2004 or to register for the event visit
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Notes for editors:
TTI : Promoting Innovation, Knowledge Transfer and Skills Development Technology Transfer and Innovation Limited (TTI) is a new company formed from the former TCD plus other knowledge transfer specialists from the National Physical Laboratory's Envirowise team.
Our mission is to work with government and others to help organisations of all kinds become more effective in exploiting knowledge. This is achieved by managing knowledge transfer programmes, raising awareness of important business issues and enabling skills development.

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