INI-backed knowledge exchange initiative wins “KE Team of the Year” at annual awards

19 November 2021

The INI backed “Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in Mathematical Sciences [V-KEMS]” initiative has been awarded “KE Team of the Year” at the annual PraxisAuril KE Awards 2021.

PraxisAuril is the UK’s professional association for Knowledge Exchange practitioners, with its range of annual awards representing the highest accolade of industry recognition within the sector.

The 2021 virtual “black tie” awards ceremony took place on the afternoon of Thursday 20 November, with the 17 shortlisted finalists picked from a pool of 60 overall entrants being invited to attend. Each finalist was asked to give a short summary of their group’s achievements before the winners in each of the six categories were announced. V-KEMS was awarded “KE Team of the Year” by Simon Bond (Innovation Director, SETsquared Partnership), beating two other candidates to the title. The Awards were sponsored by UKRI, the UK’s research and innovation funding body.

“I am absolutely delighted for the V-KEMS team and everybody associated with them. Knowledge exchange is a powerful tool when it comes to making the most of research for society. This team prize highlights what we can do when we work together across institutions and across discipline boundaries for the greater good. Many congratulations to a fantastic team and many thanks to the Newton Gateway staff for all their hard work!”

~ INI Director Prof Ulrike Tillmann

A joint project shared between INI, the Newton Gateway, the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the Knowledge Transfer Network [KTN], V-KEMS was founded in March 2020 to “identify a range of virtual approaches that will help address challenges from business and industry, the third sector, and other groups outside academia”. These challenges cover both those specific to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and those which were already present within knowledge exchange prior to 2020. A full background of V-KEMS can be found via the Newton Gateway website.

Visit the PraxisAuril website for a full list of categories and winners.

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