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Course details

Many researchers want to use their research to make a difference to people's lives. The way to do that is by translating your research from bench to market. This is done through technology transfer, or using your intellectual property (IP) and expertise. This seminar is being run is collaboration with Isis Innovation and will provide an introduction to intellectual property, technology transfer, patenting, searching free databases for patents and using your expertise through consultancy for other organisations. Guest speakers from within the University and Isis spin-out companies will also give a flavour of their own experiences of creating and using intellectual property and expertise as an Oxford University researcher or entrepreneur. We aim to provide an insight into the realities of life in a spin-out and the challenges faced by small, new companies developing early-stage technologies. 

During lunch there will be an opportunity to speak with the representatives from Isis Innovation and our guest speakers from Isis spin-out companies.

intended for

Postdocs and research staff

Number of places

TBC for the 2015-16 academic year

course leader

TBC for the 2015 - 16 academic year

date / time

TBC for the 2015 - 16 academic year


TBC for the 2015 - 16 academic year

RDF skills


The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

Additional support for researchers.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


TBC for the 2015 - 16 academicyear


Find out more: 

Isis Innovation 

Isis Information for Oxford Researchers