Knowledge transfer

Leaving Lehman Brothers

New data show how universities took up the slack when businesses cut back on R&D. But the crisis also led to greater demands on universities to boost growth

Lightbulb innovation

Nature Index examines how research articles are cited in third-party patents  

Forge

John Morgan witnesses a pioneering collaboration between two Sheffield universities, drawing upon the city’s manufacturing heritage to become a hub of industrial innovation and a model of civic engagement

An angel

Academics able to link their expertise to world events can raise their personal and institutional profiles to previously unimaginable levels, says Russell Reader

Flags of Pakistan and China

The $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a huge opportunity to build academic capacity in Pakistan, say Abdur Rehman Cheema and Muhammad Haris

Boat on a lake in Norway

Stephen Mumford tells Matthew Reisz about his desire to bring his discipline to a wider audience, why Norway was the perfect place to write his Cartesian debut novel and why insights into causation have more practical relevance than might first appear

empty parliamentary seating

Greater outreach by scientists could ramp up demand for politicians with better scientific training, says David Berman

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show

MRI scan

US scholar argues that academics punch above their weight in key discoveries

Bio Robotics at Delft University of Technology

THE analysis shines a light on institutions that have thought outside the box on research collaboration and funding

Education concept sign. Knowledge transfer on building

Some research-intensive universities grew value of collaborations by more than 20 per cent in 2015-16

A rocket

Horizon 2020 could have more success getting technologies off the ground if it does not neglect the basic work that sparks breakthroughs, say Geert de Snoo, Floor Frederiks, Peter Lievens and Katrien Maes

Ebola doctor with child

Conducting clinical trials during an epidemic for the first time, researchers fast-tracked the creation of a vaccine for Ebola, but not before 11,000 people had died

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Life science is a big part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, but neglecting basic research will drive top researchers abroad and threaten the flow of translatable discoveries, says Philippe Froguel

High tech manufacturing

Universities in the US, South Korea and elsewhere must contribute to the advancement of the knowledge-based industries of the 21st century, says Doh-Yeon Kim

Korean engineer

John Morgan looks at the universities in Asia and beyond that have forged the closest ties with industrial partners

Data reveal research ties between US and Muslim nations targeted by attempted ban

Jumping on to neurons

In a post-truth era, five academics consider strategies, from inviting laypeople into the laboratory to open vivas, to improve trust in experts

Airbus aircraft landing gear is tested at the Airbus aircraft manufacturer's Filton site

UK ‘naive’ to think that it could replace academic links with European industry with those from elsewhere

Investing in UK science may be cheaper after Brexit but the true cost to innovation system remains to be seen, says Holly Else