Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)


UKZN’s InQubate Technology Transfer Office will host its own parallel session during PRIS 2018. The aim of this session is to foster a culture of innovation among students, to do research for impact beyond publishing. The day will include informative presentations on Intellectual Property (IP) and how to commercialise. See the full programme below.

Venue: T4





09:50 – 10:00


Introduction to the session

UKZN InQubate Director:
Ms Suvina Singh

10:00 – 10:40

Bridging the gap between academia and industry

The increasing push to commercialise university research and bridge the gap between science and industries has emerged as a significant science policy challenge. Internationally acclaimed scientist and entrepreneur, Professor Fernando Albericio, who was previously the CEO of the University of Barcelona Science Park, will share his experiences in the commercialisation of research.

School of Chemistry & Physics:
Prof Fernando Albericio

10:40 – 11:10

Commercialising the LPX Luminophorous Powder Process

Using a case study of his experiences with the LPX Luminophorous Powder Process, Dr Williams-Wynn examines some of the concepts and challenges surrounding driving a concept from the idea stage to commercialisation.

School of Engineering:
Dr Mark Williams-Wynn

11:10 – 11:40

Tea break

11:40 – 12:10

Innovating in a conservative industry: The Commercial Journey of the Powerline Inspection Robot

The development journey of the Power Line Inspection Robot has been a challenging one. Dr Lorimer will provide insight into the many exciting and daunting stages of this journey, including collaborations with power companies, and the positive effects these relationships have on the

School of Engineering:
Dr Trevor Lorimer

12:10 – 13:00

Introduction to Intellectual Property

  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Designs
  • Trademarks
  • Plant Breeders’ Rights
  • Trade Secrets/Know-how

Mr Vishen Pillay, a Partner at one of the leading intellectual property law firms in Africa, will provide insight into the Intellectual Property (IP).

The presentation will cover the basics forms of IP, the patenting process, costs and timelines. The issue of patenting versus publishing will be discussed. The value of patents in scoping a research proposal will be highlighted.

Adams and Adams:
Mr Vishen Pillay

11:10 – 11:40

Lunch and poster exhibitions

14:00 – 14:30

Funding Opportunities and Guidelines – Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

The Technology Innovation Agency is one of the largest government funders of technology-based research and has an established seed fund programme through universities nationally. Mr Sikhosana will provide an overview of the myriad funding opportunities available through the TIA to assist you in developing your next breakthrough innovation.

Head: Technology Stations & IATs (TSP): Mr Vusi Sikhosana

14:30 – 14:50

Funding Opportunities and Guidelines – Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA): Technology Transfer Fund

EDTEA’s Technology Transfer Fund has proved to be invaluable to the development of many UKZN innovations, including the Powerline Inspection Robot Technology and the Luminophorous Powder Technology. Ms Ndlovu will provide researchers with information and tools for available funding opportunities which can be used to further develop their research i.e. proof of concept, prototype development.

Ms Thembalihle Ndlovu

14:50 – 14:55

UKZN Extended Learning (UEL)

Courses offered by UEL to assist in project management and other related courses

Ms Noluthando Makhaza

14:55 – 15:00


UKZN InQubate Director: Ms Suvina Singh

15:50 – 16:20

Prize giving (T1)

Recognising the best submissions to the conference