Female Academics forum for Entrepreneurship (FAE)

Female Academics forum for Entrepreneurship (FAE)

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University of Nottingham

C11 Advanced Manufacturing Building

Jubilee Campus



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Female Academic forum for Entrepreneurship (FAE)

About this event

Date: Jan 15th 2020

Time: 9.30 – 13.30 (including buffet lunch)

Venue: Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham

Event introduction:

This forum brings together women from across the MICRA Universities to explore entrepreneurship as a pathway for delivering impact from their research. The forum will provide a supportive environment for women engaging in, or interested in, entrepreneurial activity.

At the launch participants will:

  • Hear from and engage with a range of inspiring female academic entrepreneurs
  • Learn about the perceived barriers to female academic entrepreneurship – and some suggestions of how to overcome them
  • Hear about the launch of the FAE (Female Academic Entrepreneurs)
  • Join group discussions to set the agenda for FAE and find out how to get involved.

Following the launch, FAE will plan and deliver a series of formal and informal sessions each year to support its membership to develop their entrepreneurial mind-sets and, when appropriate, commercialisation activity.


9.30 Registration and networking

9.45 Welcome Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Nottingham

9.50 Introduction to FAE Dr Susan Huxtable, Director of IP Commercialisation The University of Nottingham

10.00 Keynote 1 Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in University Spinout Companies - A Case for Action Professor Simonetta Manfredi , Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University

10.20 Female Academic Entrepreneurs – personal experiences 1

Professor Lindy Durrant CTO, Scancell plc and UoN

Dr Cath Rees Director, PBD Biotech Ltd, and UoN

10.40 Keynote 2

Not missing in action: Female Academic entrepreneurs doing it for themselves Prof Kiran Trehan Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development University of Birmingham

11.00 Opportunities and Challenges – Group activity to identify issues/questions to explore with panel

11.15 Refreshment break

11:30 Female Academic Entrepreneurs – personal experiences 2

Professor Lucy Donaldson Director of Exonate Ltd and UoN

Professor Louise Mullany Founder and Director of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals and UoN

11:50 Panel of Experts Questions from participants

Prof. Sarah Sharples

Prof. Lucy Donaldson

Dr Cath Rees

Prof. Louise Mullany

Prof. Lindy Durrant

Dr Isobel O’Neil

Prof. Kiran Trehan

12.30 Closing remarks and promotion of FAE network Dr Susan Huxtable Director of IP Commercialisation The University of Nottingham

12.35 – 1.30 Lunch and further discussions All

The workshop is organised on behalf of Midlands Innovation Commercialisation Research Accelerator (MICRA) see https://micragateway.org

Registration, refreshments and networking are open at 9.30 for a prompt 09:45 start.

The venue is:

C11 Advanced Manufacturing Building

Jubilee Campus


Building no. 59 on the map, grid ref F5

If driving, please use the North entrance to campus off A609 Wollaton Road and security will direct you to visitor parking

Host contact:

Toby Gould 0115 74 87080

Email toby.gould@nottingham.ac.uk