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“Research Realisation: Funnels, Flywheels and Fibre!”

Lisa Perkins

Thursday, 10 March 2022,
18:00 to 19:30
University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Ipswich

The lecture commences at 18:00 with tea and coffee from 17:30


BT’s purpose is to ‘Connect for Good’ and has been successful in this mission since 1837. ‘Purpose’ is at the core of how BT researches and innovates. Learn how BT creates and drives an ecosystem of research and of innovation to realise value and impact (of different types) for itself, for other organisations and for society at large.


Lisa is Director of Adastral Park and Research Realisation for BT’s Technology division. She is building a rich and diverse technology ecosystem at Adastral Park which maximises the opportunities to find the best innovative solutions to real business problems. She is accountable for showcasing the world class innovation and research at the Park, collaborating with customers to ensure the identification of relevant solutions to their needs. Lisa leads on commercialising innovation and research to derive value for the business. She manages key partnerships with world leading universities in conjunction with the research programmes to encourage and develop premier class expertise. She actively promotes and drives an education enrichment programme, working with schools to encourage children and teachers to develop a love of technology, thus stimulating skills for the industry. Lisa has direct leadership of research into both home entertainment and future industry / smart technologies.

Lisa is Chair of Tech East, Co-Chair of the University of Suffolk DigiTech Centre, a member of the Innovation Board for NALEP, a board member of Productivity East, Vice Chair of East Suffolk Council Community Partnership Board and a trustee for Lapwing Education. Lisa is a Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk.