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Conference on Invention, Innovation and Commercialisation

Organized by the Lincoln University Technology Users' Innovation (TUI) Group. June 13-14, 2011, Sudima Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand. For enquiries concerning the conference please e-mail the conference coordinator-Dr. Tiffany Rinne at tiffany.rinne@lincoln.ac.nz.

Background

It is well known that universities and other research agencies produce R&D, which is acknowledged as a key source of invention for commercialisation. Innovation governance in most countries expressly addresses this source of economic growth. What is less recognised, however, is the role of inventors outside formal organisations. Often, these are technology users who, as inventors, develop the technology and embark on the innovation process. They are a source of R&D that can also be commercialised and contribute to economic growth. This source is less well studied and, typically, is not given sufficient recognition in innovation governance.  There is a need for a better understanding of technology users who innovate (TUI) and their contribution to the economy.

Conference location

The conference is to be held at the Sudima Hotel, Christchurch. Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island and popular activities which can be found near to Christchurch include: skiing, bungy jumping, dolphin and seal swimming, hiking and wine-tasting.

Conference fee

Conference registration is $200 NZD for professionals (presenters and attendees) and $150 NZD for students. Registration includes entry to all sessions, the conference booklet and time schedule, morning/afternoon tea, lunch each day and a banquet dinner on Monday, June 13th.

Conference registration

Conference registration is now open.

Conference programme

Monday 13 June -  International perspectives on theory and practice
8.30 Conference registration.
9.30 Professor John Fairweather.
Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Welcome, overview, and purpose of conference.
9.45 Mr. Stephen Flowers.
Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK.
Theoretical perspectives on user innovation and policy implications.
10.30 Refreshments.
10.45 Dr. Marcel Bogers.
SPIRE, Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation, University of Southern Denmark.
Why do users innovate? A theory of the locus of innovation.
11.15 Jim Birkemeier.
User inventor, Timbergreen Forestry, Wisconsin, USA.
Sustainable forest management from the forest owner's point of view.
11.45 Dr. Enrico Trochin.
Sector Leader - Technology, Canterbury Development Corporation, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The innovation that will sustain the unsustainable.
12.30 Lunch.
1.30 MirShahin Seyed Saleh.
Tehran, Iran.
New Cellulosic Fibers.
1.45 TBA
2.15 Dr. Bhaskara Rao Suddapalli.
Adviser to the Chairman, Assarain International Group, Muscat, Oman.
Invention from the inventor’s point of view: experience gained from inventing human heart valve prosthesis.
2.45 Dr. Julian Williams.
Ministry of Science and Innovation, Wellington, New Zealand.
TUI and innovation policies in selected European, Asian and Pacific Rim countries
3.15 Refreshments.
3.30 Dr. Keith Alexander
User inventor, Department of Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Springfree trampoline.
3.45 Dr. Seyed Kamal Vaezi.
Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran.
New toys and innovation: creating a smarter generation using innovation-based toys.
4.15 Dr. Gary Steel.
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Personality, culture and user innovation: cross-national comparisons.
4.45 Dr. Tiffany Rinne.
Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
European, Asian and New Zealand  innovation identity.
7.00 Conference banquet
Tuesday 14 June – New Zealand perspectives, policy and communiqué
8.45 Ralph Lattimore.
User inventor, Nelson New Zealand.
TimberworksNZ.
9.00 Dr. Simon Lambert.
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
The socio-technical networks of technology users in New Zealand.
9.30 Dr. Janet Stephenson.
Director, Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Mapping innovators’ networks: ’actors’ and ‘flows’ in small innovation firms.
10.00 Dr. Tiffany Rinne.
Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
New Zealand  identity, user innovation and innovation performance.
10.30 Refreshments.
10.45 Brett Stanley.
User inventor, Wanaka, New Zealand.
RollaWipa.
11.00 Dr. Gary Steel.
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Personality, culture and innovation: New Zealand as a case study for policy.
11.30 Professor John Fairweather.
Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Synthesis of New Zealand TUI research and policy implications.
12.15 Professor John Fairweather and Dr. Tiffany Rinne.
Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
New Zealand inventors’ website
12.30 Lunch.
1.30 John Lay.
iAgri, Leeston, New Zealand.
Landmark 2007.
1.45 Peter Hone.
Invention Pathways, Townsville, Australia.
Commercialisation of IP for inventors and SMEs and why so many ideas fail to enter the market.
2.15 Assistant Professor Manthan Janodia.
Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
Generating innovation in developing countries: policy formulation and its implications.
2.45 Dean Satchell.
User inventor, Keri Keri, New Zealand.
Experiences with getting the farm forestry sector to innovate in eucalyptus processing.
3.00 Refreshments.
3.30 Professor Stephen Flowers.
Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK.
Summary of conference and key questions.
4.00 Roundtable discussion of user innovation issues: conference communiqué and resolutions to promote user innovation in New Zealand and abroad.
4.30 Conference closes.
 

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