During the course of the 2020 Annual Congress, Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible, members explored the interface between industry and academia and some of the challenges to developing the relationship between industry and academia. This highlighted five areas of mutual interest:
- Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development
- Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning
- Knowledge exchange
- Graduate employability and recruitment
The EPC now wants to build on this by launching the Crucible Project, an initiative to help our members build better industry links by sharing experiences and developing resources for all EPC members to access. We are planning to hold an online Industry-Academia event, featuring a diverse range of case studies of innovative and engaging collaborations between academics and industry, on 16th February 2022 and to produce a toolkit (or a series of toolkits) which members can access from the EPC website.
EPC members are invited to submit case studies, in whatever form, on the above areas of interest. We would especially welcome case studies created collaboratively between industry and academia partners. If you would like to get involved, please register your interest (now closed).
The panel (members of the EPC Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (RIKT) Committee) will be in touch to discuss your submission shortly to enable work to proceed over the summer. The deadline for the call for contributions is September 30th 2021.
Please also contact your Industrial Advisory Board or those within your university that deal with engineering industry collaboration and KTPs.