Our project ‘CIMR Debates in Public Policy’ was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Innovation category at Birkbeck’s Public Engagement Award 2022. The award was collected by Dr Federica Rossi on July 12, 2022, on behalf of the CIMR team – Prof Helen Lawton Smith, Dr Marion Frenz, and Gabi Losito.
The Centre for Innovation Management Research’s (CIMR) Debates in Public Policy series was launched in Spring 2020 to bring together academics, entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers during the pandemic to debate themes around innovation, inclusive entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and digital transformation. Originally conceived as providing an alternative digital way of meeting and sharing knowledge when in-person events were not possible, the series has enjoyed growing audiences and has fostered greater visibility and engagement for the Centre. Due to continue in 2022/23, the series counts 33 online completed events.
The CIMR Debates in Public Policy series has brought increased visibility, engagement and exposure to the work of the CIMR and the academics within it, resulting in new international collaborations with leading academic institutions.
Those attending events have also benefited, testifying to this with a high volume of positive feedback after each session.
Following this series, CIMR plans to continue with its series of events, further expanding its outreach. We plan to widen our activities by offering hybrid events as part of the Debates in Public Policy to draw in those with a preference for in-person events. This will enable CIMR to benefit from the College’s location advantage in central London and the College’s new infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology (i.e. cameras and microphones) installed at Cambridge House.
We also plan to capitalise on the large amount of video recordings created through the series, developing a podcast series from the video material in order to disseminate further the knowledge gained from these events.
You can read more about Birkbeck’s Public Engagement Award winners here.