01 March | Imperial College London

Royce Students: Commercialisation for Materials Scientists

Date :
01 March 2024
Time :
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location :
Michael Uren Building, Imperial College London
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This workshop will engage the next generation of materials science researchers and future entrepreneurs. It will equip participants with knowledge of the commercialisation process and steps needed to successfully progress a new material from research to product. The content will cover identifying and managing intellectual property; commercialisation skills development, access to funding, and support available through university technology transfer offices.

The content offers participants an opportunity to better understand how material products are developed through the commercial process. It will provide a chance to explore the development potential of their own research, and the skills and expertise they would need to gain to succeed.


Knowledge of commercialisation routes and processes is increasingly important for materials science researchers in the UK as it provides early opportunities to meet with industrial partners and other stakeholders.  As the UK’s national institute for advanced materials research Royce is keen to help researchers learn about the innovation and commercialisation landscape and make them aware of the support available. While most HEIs have provision for researchers to access information and guidance on commercialisation at the institution, it may not always be materials science focused or chart a clear path through what can be a complicated process.

This workshop, therefore, will aim to give researchers in materials science access to materials-specific advice on what to do if they have promising research that may have the potential for commercialisation.


This workshop is aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral research associates in materials science who are interested in learning about innovation and the commercialisation of research. Participants might be seeking to understand more about the possibilities of start-up companies and entrepreneurship or be already starting out on the path.

Royce is able to offer reimbursement for travel to this event for students from outside of London.

Learning Outcomes

After the event participants should be able to:

  • Explain the main steps in moving novel research from laboratory concept to commercial product
  • Detail the steps to progress a company through start-up and how to access development funding
  • Appraise their own research and consider the next steps needed towards commercialisation
  • Seek further assistance within their own institution, through Royce’s entrepreneurship programmes or via the Knowledge Transfer Network


  • George Miller – Student Engagement Manager, Royce
  • Thanasis Georgiou – Research and Business Engagement Manager, Royce
  • Rebecca Matheson – Partner, Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Matthew Wasley – Knowledge Transfer Manager, Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Amy Nommeots-Nomm – Early-Stage Deep Tech Investor, Octopus Ventures
  • Thejas Nagaraju – Talent and Venture Associate, Wilbe
  • Gillian Davis – University of Cambridge Enterprise Technology Transfer Office


Sir Michael Uren Hub,
Imperial College London
86 Wood Ln, London, W12 0BZ


Please note: applications to this event will close on 9th February 2024 at 23:59

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