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Business, Innovation and Sci-Comm Courses

Our students get training in business, innovation, science communication and other societally relevant aspects of nanoscience through formal courses during the MRes year and a range of bespoke workshops organised as part of our Autumn Schools and other events

The business, innovation and science communication courses during the MRes year include:

Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science

Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science is designed to help emerging scientists understand the factors at play in the process of converting lab based research to commercial products and services. As part of the course, students learn to identify and analyse innovation opportunities, and build and present a business plan to a panel of industry experts. Teamwork is an essential part of the course and NanoDTC students work with students from the Graphene and Sensors CDTs and the MPhil in Nanoscience Enterprise to build and present their business plan.

The course is taught by Dr. Karishma Jain and includes lectures on key topics including models of innovation, problem solving, market dynamics, strategy, decision making, organisational contexts, intellectual property strategy, and financing of innovation. The course also includes a number of case study discussions on innovation in startups as well as large organisations (with a focus on nanotechnology and materials based companies), guest lectures from successful science innovation practitioners as well as interactions with industry.

Science Communication in Media, Business and Research

This course aims to strengthen science communication skills in three key areas: in the media, in business and in research. Lectures and workshops are led by practitioners from the relevant fields, and enable students to present new ideas to a variety of audiences and in a variety of formats

Societal & Ethical Dimensions of Micro and Nanotechnology

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore some of the societal and ethical implications of developing micro- and nanotechnologies.

Business, Innovation and Transferrable skills training is a vital part of the NanoDTC programme. Besides specific courses in this area we organise a number of events which include team building activities, opportunities for public outreach, interaction with industrial partners, and also opportunities to develop at organisational skills for students through running their own events and sharing responsibility for managing equipment. The NanoDTC is widely seen as an example of best practice for similar graduate programmes.

 

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