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25 September 2009

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Welsh businesses looking to improve their economic competitiveness and develop new products with the help and support of University experts are being urged to sign-up for a free business awareness event.

The University’s Innovation Network is holding a free evening event on Wednesday 30th September, 2009 designed to showcase new opportunities available to businesses, in all parts of Wales, to collaborate with and access University research knowledge and facilities.

With financial support from the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship six-year, £70m Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) programme, the University has developed a series of Knowledge Transfer Projects – including Knowledge Transfer Centres (KTCs) in a variety of specialist subjects including engineering, manufacturing, business, healthcare and the built environment.

KTCs are designed to identify and transfer knowledge and skills between academic institutions, business and the wider community.

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement said: "A central theme of Cardiff University’s research activities is ensuring it benefits Welsh business and improves the Welsh economy.

"By creating these Knowledge Transfer Centres, with the Assembly, we hope to improve and accelerate the transfer of knowledge and expertise from our world-class research into added value development and new products for Welsh business.

"The aim is simple - as our academics undertake world-leading research, they develop expertise and use facilities which can massively benefit innovative businesses in Wales. It is therefore imperative that Welsh businesses have the chance to tap into this resource and exploit those ideas for the benefit of their business."

Attendees will hear from a number of key speakers from across the University, who will each outline collaboration opportunities and the possibilities for free business access.

Key speakers at the event include: School of Engineering > Contacts and People > Staff Profile" href="">Denis McCann, School of Engineering, who will discuss Environment, Performance Engineering and Green Communications opportunities; Professor Stefan Dimov from the University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre on Micro and Nano Manufacturing; Professor Mo Naim, Cardiff Business School, will cover e-Enabled MultiModal Transport; Professor Keith Harding, School of Medicine, will talk about the work of the Welsh Wound Network; and Professor Phil Jones, from the Welsh School of Architecture, will discuss opportunities around research into low carbon building design.

Professor Woodhouse added: "In the current economic climate, this event is designed to reach out and support Welsh enterprise and offer businesses access to Cardiff University’s technical expertise and specialist facilities.

"I would encourage as many Welsh businesses as possible to sign-up for the event."

The event takes place at the Trevithick Building, on Wednesday 30th September. Registration starts at 6pm and there is a free buffet supper and networking opportunity after the presentations.

Interested businesses can register for the event by contacting Cardiff University’s Innovation Network by email:, telephone: 0800 801750 or on-line:

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