Interface has been selected by a Danish economic development organisation to feature as a case study in a report on international best practice in knowledge exchange.
Representatives from REG LAB, a members-based “laboratory” for regional economic development in Denmark, spent two days in Scotland last month, attending the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards and interviewing various Interface team members about different aspects of the organisation’s work.
Kaspar Neilsen and Morten Solgaard Thomsen from REG LAB interviewed Interface Director, Siobhán Jordan, Head of Sector Relationships Suzanne Dawson, and Head of Business Engagement, Laura Goodfellow, to gather information about Interface's operations to feature in the analysis, which is produced with the Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science and the five Danish regions.
The analysis highlights international best practices for knowledge collaboration between companies and knowledge/research institutions. Up to five international cases, including Interface, were selected for the report to demonstrate various types of knowledge exchange partnerships, including research collaboration, innovation projects, competence development and entrepreneurship.
The interview covered Interface's role in the innovation landscape, the barriers it helps businesses overcome and the benefits to businesses and Higher Education Institutions through collaborating.
"The findings from the analysis will hopefully inspire Danish policymakers to find new and more efficient ways to bridge the gap between business and academia. And in that respect I strongly believe that we can learn a lot from the Interface initiative. I am in particular impressed about the way all the universities are committed and work so well together in this initiative", says Morten Solgaard Thomsen.
Laura Goodfellow has been invited to present at REG LAB’s Annual conference in June, when the results of the analysis will be presented. The theme of the conference is how can better models be created for collaboration between universities and other education institutions and SMEs, leading to regional development and growth.
It will be attended by more than 200 players in the Danish Innovation system, including from government, business and academia.