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.