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A manifesto for nurturing innovation

We need to be creative in thinking about how we educate in order to provide researchers with the interdisciplinary skills that are required in their future career paths

Tracey Hassall-Jones,
Manager,  YES



Nurturing researchers

I recently gave a talk at the 7th International SIBER (Society for International Bioenterprise Education and Research) Conference which took place at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The two-day Conference was aimed at bioentrepreneurship educators, and included workshops on how to educate in order to provide the interdisciplinary skills that are required, focusing on what industry is looking for when recruiting bright minds.

It’s tremendously important to develop the skill sets of researchers in entrepreneurship to succeed in translating their discoveries into viable products, so they understand how to build a robust business, and to make them desirable partners or employees from an industry viewpoint.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) gives researchers a checklist of desirable descriptors to track their development and YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) covers over 50% of these at an early stage.

A city of innovation

The SIBER Conference was hugely enjoyable and I would encourage everyone with an interest in this area to attend.

As a bonus, visiting Stockholm was a revelation, such an inspiring, innovative and entrepreneurial city. Sweden's government and education is built on the principals of empowering both men and women with the tools to succeed and feel safe. As a consequence, Stockholm has a highly future-orientated business model built on trust, empowerment and safety.


Nurturing collaboration

Although I was invited to the Conference to talk about how we deliver YES and its impacts, I took away even more inspiring ideas for the future. I left with a spring in my step, a full address book and a raft of key take-away messages:

  • Don’t always compete, collaborate
  • Networks stimulate great ideas and increase learning
  • Learn from those who have experienced success AND those who have experienced failure
  • Stimulate blue-sky thinking

The beginnings of SIBER

SIBER began in 2007 as a group of collaborating colleagues creating courses, programmes and degrees in the emerging interdisciplinary field of bioenterprise. At the time, there was no established knowledge base from which to develop the new programmes, so this brought together some of the best institutions in the world, merging science and business to deliver graduates to the dynamic bioscience industry. Since then, SIBER has held annual Conferences and this year’s attendees came from all over the world, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, the USA and UK.

Did you know

Stockholm is home to:

  • The Noble museum
    exhibiting the laureates and their achievements
  • The Vasa Museum
    showcasing the 17th century ship ‘Vasa’, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, and was salvaged in 1961 with the advancements in science and engineering
  • Brilliant Minds
    a two-day leadership summit and the platform of a global community and movement shaping the future by challenging the present
  • Food sustainability
    Paul Newman in the city to talk about the Chef Manifesto
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Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham, NG8 1BB