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1 Educate to Innovate A SusChem programme for building skills capacity for a sustainable European chemical sector Susan Fleet - Britest Limited Professor Michael Matlosz - Université de Lorraine

2 SusChem & Education Education: A horizontal priority considered since the launch of SusChem  The availability of a skilled labour force is essential to the long-term viability and innovative capacity of the European chemical industry Innovation Research Education SusChem enabling technologies addressing societal challenges

3 Skills for innovation: Industry needs Business skills Personal skills Scientific & Technical skills

4 Skills needs for innovation: Main findings Critical skills For engineersFor scientists BusinessProject management Innovation management Understanding customers & suppliers IPR Innovation management Understanding customers & suppliers Personal Communication Team work Problem solving Creative thinking Team work Communication Scientific and technical Process Modelling & Simulation, Scale-up, Reaction engineering, Process Design, Biochemical engineering Process Intensification, Safety engineering, Particle science, Nanotechnology, Sustainable chemistry, Materials chemistry. Organic chemistry and polymer chemistry Catalysis, nanotechnology, formulation, Sustainable chemistry Interface chemistry Industrial biotechnology, Biochemistry

5 Building Skills Capacity: what needs to be done? At the SusChem workshop “Building Skills Capacity for a Sustainable European Chemical Sector” held at the RSC in October 2011, experts from industry and academia identified together a need for:  Enhanced dialogue and collaboration between HEIs and industry on skills for innovation issues and course development  Greater awareness among HE teaching staff of the benefits of context-based teaching resources  Better dissemination of ‘good practices’ for the introduction of skills for innovation into HE courses (methodologies, course design, involvement of industry and to demonstrate the value active learning)

6 Educate to Innovate

7 Objective The Educate to Innovate programme seeks to exploit innovation outputs from SusChem’s Research & Innovation projects to enhance the innovation skills of future generations of scientists and engineers through the effective engagement of industry and higher education institutions (HEIs).

8 SusChem R&I Projects Innovation themes / approaches SusChem R&I Projects Innovation themes / approaches Dissemination work packages General communication Exploitable results Industrially focused training packages Dissemination work packages General communication Exploitable results Industrially focused training packages An opportunity to move beyond standard project dissemination activity to address identified need Educate to Innovate linking innovation themes to academic teaching at undergraduate / Masters level Educate to Innovate linking innovation themes to academic teaching at undergraduate / Masters level Capture Integrate Capture Integrate GAP

9 A framework for building innovation skills capacity New Case Studies / Teaching Resources Dialogue / Ideas exchange to enhance innovation skills Development & Testing Innovation Content SusChem related R&I projects EU Industry EU HEIs (chemical / industrial biotechnology) (undergraduate / Masters level) (pilot)

10 The F 3 Factory Pilot Project  Emerged from SusChem’s Strategic Research Agenda  A large scale multi-faceted innovation project  Strong collaboration across industry and academia  Approaching final year of the project  Training modules identified as a key output from the project  Timely opportunity to assess how innovation outputs can be adapted for use as case studies / educational resources

11 F 3 Factory Aims & Objectives  Development and implementation of a modular continuous plant for low to medium scale production  Develop radically new modular chemical production technology  Standardise processes and their interfaces INVITE facility opened in October Interior view of the facility.

12 F³ Factory Consortium EU academia / industry collaboration in action

13 Building on Europe’s collaborative spirit Collaboration European Academia European Industry Enhanced Innovation Value Improved Skills capacity

14 European industry EU chemical and industrial biotechnology sectors (large and SMEs) with:  track record of positive engagement / collaboration with academia  commitment to addressing future industrial challenges through open innovation and collaboration  desire to enrich academic teaching of innovation through development of industrial focused innovation case studies  willingness to share experiences and contribute to the programme

15 European HEIs Higher Education Institutions with:  focus on undergraduate / Masters teaching in chemistry / industrial biotechnology / chemical engineering  hands on experience / proven track record of innovative teaching methods  desire to enrich current academic course material through inclusion of industrially focused innovation case studies  willingness to share experiences and contribute to the programme

16 Motivation Academia  Leveraging  Visibility / Exposure with leading industrial companies  Access to new ideas / concepts  Access to emerging innovation themes  Opportunity to help shape the future Industry  Networking with leading EU academics / institutions  Opportunity to share best practice in skills development  Access to emerging innovation themes  Opportunity to shape future skills capacity

17 Approach / Timeframe MarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDecJanFebMarApr May Stakeholder Engagement (needs / challenges / expectations) Capture Innovation themes from F 3 Factory Stakeholder Communication Validate Identify stakeholders for workshop(s) Workshop(s) Design workshop based on stakeholder input Development & evaluation of educational resources Phase 1 Phase 2 Translate outputs into development plan for required educational resources Phase 3

18 How to get involved....  Contact any of the team involved to have a preliminary chat  Participate in the information gathering phases (electronic questionnaire)  Participate in a development workshop later in the year (if appropriate) Contact information: Industry: Sue Fleet Andrew Smalley T +44 (0) E Academia: Professor Michael Matlosz Nicolas Dupuy T +33 (0) E SusChem: Sophie Wilmet T +32 (0) E


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