ARCTEC was pleased to host a very successful and engaging workshop on ‘Partnering with Industry’ at the Ento ’19 symposium, held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on Wednesday 21st August 2019.

Collaboration between academia and industry is increasingly needed to overcome complex challenges in vector control. However, the differing needs and expectations on both sides (time-scales, finances, intellectual property etc.) can often hinder the success of a university-industry partnership.

And so, the focus of our workshop at Ento ’19 was collaboration: how do we encourage academia and industry to work together better and facilitate long-lasting, successful partnerships?

ARCTEC invited representatives from Syngenta and Rentokil Initial, major commercial entities that have already established important collaborations with academic institutions, to speak and provide an industry perspective on this theme.

Philip Wege (Solutions Innovations Manager at Syngenta) and Matt Green (Group Innovation Consultant at Rentokil Initial) delivered two fantastic talks, describing their reasons for collaborating with academia, the challenges they encountered, lessons learnt, and how industry can encourage greater collaboration.

To complete the set of speakers was Chris Rice, Business Development Manager at ARCTEC, who explained how ARCTEC has formed an adaptable, flexible and multi-disciplinary team of research scientists (with academic backgrounds) who are able to meet the needs of industry.

The workshop concluded with an engaging group discussion where academics and industry professionals could voice their own suggestions on new approaches for improved collaboration.

Ento ’19 is an annual conference organised by the Royal Entomological Society. The theme of this year’s event at LSHTM was ‘Vectors of Disease’, with the three plenary sessions exploring important challenges to the control of vector-borne diseases – evaluation, innovation and implementation.