Spotlight on Capacity Building

This month the UK~IRC spotlight highlights our work in developing the skills of young researchers:

What role does the UK~IRC have in capacity building?
Part of the UK~IRC’s remit is to undertake activities that promote development and capacity building amongst early career researchers. By uniting young researchers and senior Faculty both within the UK~IRC and from leading institutions around the world, we are helping to develop not just individual skills, but also a legacy of innovation research activity.
What capacity-building activities have you offered?
In the autumn of 2012 we have two events for young scholars. Our second Early Career Researcher Workshop took place in September and included 25 papers on a range of innovation related topics, all of which benefited from detailed critique from senior academics. Organised by our Research Fellows, the workshop also included a session from Professor Martin Kilduff and Professor Mike Wright on publishing papers in top journals. Further details of this workshop are on the event page. Our first workshop in this series ran in September 2010.
What else do you have planned?
In November we’re running our first Networks & Innovation Training programme for 25 early career researchers. For those working on innovation studies, this intensive 3-day training programme provides participants with the means to pursue research and independently further their skills in network analysis. The workshop mixes theory and practice by focusing on the background to network study, whilst providing first-hand experience in applying the method.
What other support has the UK~IRC offered to Early Career Researchers?
In January 2012 we hosted the DRUID Academy Winter Conference in Cambridge – a major forum for PhD students to present their work, get feedback from leading scholars and network with others in the innovation community. At many of our major conferences PhD and postdoctoral researchers have attended and/or given presentations, including the Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence conference which will result in a special issue in Research Policy. At the conference all scholars received detailed feedback, and papers are currently at the review stage, with around 15-20 expected to be in the 2013 Special Issue.
Our events and activities are also a significant opportunity for young researchers to meet representatives from industry and policy, highlighting the effect innovation studies can have on practice. The UK~IRC is committed to enhancing the skills of early career researchers helping them to drive the innovation agenda in the future.