The UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop is UniQuest's premium annual event tailored specifically for UQ management and researchers. The free two-day workshop focusses on IP management and industry engagement in the context of commercialisation.
Over the past decade, UniQuest has hosted more than 3,000 UQ researchers at its workshops, which have become a key culture change initiative in encouraging entrepreneurship and guiding UQ researchers in their approach to commercialisation.
Some researchers may hold a suspicious view of industry and commercialisation, believing the private sector could either compromise academic independence and integrity or at best influence research for private gain. Recently, universities have come to see themselves as agents of social, environmental and economic change, seeking to engage with the broader community to lead and influence both public policy and economic development.
Many UQ academics have come to realise that industry engagement, collaboration and commercialisation can achieve academic freedom, peer acknowledgement and recognition while maximising local and global impact. In addition, with university budgets coming under increasing pressure, these activities can become a mechanism to fund research programs to new levels, instead of relying solely on public funding programs.