Parallel Session 3 - How to be an entrepreneurial researcher

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 16:00 - 17:30
coming soon

It is widely accepted that more and more jobs require educated people to quickly learn and adapt to a fast evolving market. To be competitive in such an environment, workers should be equipped with talents, business skills, and entrepreneurial capacity. According to the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework laid out by the JRC in 2016, entrepreneurship is a “transversal competence, which can be applied to all spheres of life, from personal development, to actively participating in society, [...] and to starting up ventures (cultural, social or commercial)”. A training path to entrepreneurship for researchers is thus needed both for their own professional development, and to add value to society. Researchers would acquire competencies to act upon opportunities and ideas, and transform them into value for others by mobilizing resources. In this panel, we will moderate a discussion around the questions:
1. Why do we need researchers to be entrepreneurial?
2. How is the impact of such training on researchers’ career and society measured?
3. How would Universities and Research Institutions include these aspects in their curricula?
4. What incentives can be provided to Universities and Research Institutions?
5. What have we learned so far from pioneering curricula?


Simon Brown
Simon has contributed to many international conferences and keynoted at the prestigious International Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference. Current projects include the acclaimed ‘Researcher to Innovator’ programme, and that success led to him designing and delivering ICURe, a sector leading IP exploitation programme. ICURe has now supported over 300 teams of academics and raised over £200m in investment for the 90+ businesses that have been created. Simon now works with many UK HEIs and organisations to help academics identify and deliver impact from their research. Simon is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Wales.
Roberto Merino-Martinez
Roberto Merino Martinez was born in Burgos (Spain) in 1991. He studied aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in Spain and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2018, he graduated cum laude from his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (aeroacoustics and aircraft noise as the main topic) at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is now a postdoctoral researcher in the same group in Delft University of Technology and a part-time consultant for Peutz BV, a consultancy company in the Netherlands, where he develops an aeroacoustic wind tunnel.


Pavlo Bazilinskyy
Pavlo Bazilinskyy is head of data research at a startup SD-Insights and postdoctoral researcher at TU Delft. He finished his PhD at TU Delft in automated driving as a Marie Curie Fellow. He received his Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems from University of St Andrews and Maynooth University. Pavlo is involved with startups and is a chair of the Bridging Science and Business working group of MCAA.