Interdisciplinary Research Summit


19 October, British Academy London

"Business problems are rarely focused on a single research discipline"

Sir Paul Nurse, 2015, A Review of the UK Research Councils
Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour

"The Research Excellence Framework should encourage long-term, interdisciplinary research endeavours"

Sir Nicholas Stern, 2016, An Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework 
Building on Success and Learning from Experience

Business schools play a central role in interdisciplinary research, in particular, how scientific discoveries and inventions are commercialised and translated into innovation.

This summit enables researchers from business schools and other disciplines to reflect on critical issues, explore common challenges and investigate new opportunities.

Particular attention will be paid to:

  • How interdisciplinary research can address today's 'grand challenges'
  • The sources of funding available for interdisciplinary research
  • How interdisciplinary research is judged by the REF
  • The challenges facing early career researchers wishing to undertake interdisciplinary research
  • The challenges associated with getting interdisciplinary research published
  • How business schools and interdisciplinary collaborators can work together to produce research that delivers real-world impact

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Alistair Bruce
Dean, Nottingham University Business School and Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

Professor Stephen Decent
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Lancaster University

Anne Kiem
Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Dr Jonathan Adams
Chief Scientist, Digital Science and Visiting Professor
King's College London

Dr Lisa Colledge
Director of Research Metrics, Elsevier

Professor Stephen J. Perkins
Professorial Research Fellow, Global Policy Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

Professor Tom McLeish
Professor of Physics, Durham University and Chair, Royal Society Education Committee

Professor Frank Bond, Director, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Mark Claydon-Smith, Programme Manager, Global Challenge Research Fund

Professor Ben Clegg, Associate Dean for Business Partnerships, Aston Business School

Professor Tim Edwards, Professor of Organisation and Innovation Analysis, Cardiff Business School

Charlotte Lester, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Dr Catriona Manville, Research Leader, RAND Europe

Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics, Durham University

Professor Paul Nightingale, Professor Of Strategy, Science Policy Research Unit, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex

Programme subject to change, check website for regular updates.

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19 October 2016

The British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace,

Summit fee: £175

If you have any queries, please contact Sonika Dade on or 020 7634 9593

This high-level summit is an ideal opportunity for interdisciplinary research collaborators from business schools, other academic disciplines and the commercial sector to come together to discuss critical challenges and new opportunities.