AURP Innovation U Virtual Seminars

Creating university communities of innovation is AURP’s core expertise. And as university innovation communities evolve, AURP announces university innovation community builders’ latest professional development opportunity — Innovation U Virtual Seminars. We’ll be featuring information and knowledge about the latest trends in innovation and university districts — the why, the how-to and “the who is doing it and where?”

Upcoming Innovation U Webinars - 2021

What Will Programs and Policies Building Communities of Innovation Look Like Under the Biden Administration and New Congress?
February 24th, 2021; 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Cost: $75.00 USD

A new White House and revamped Congress awaits in 2021. How will this impact communities of innovation and the companies in them?
Hear from leading policy analysts and practitioners that have helped communities build communities of innovation around universities, federal labs, hospital systems, cities, and other anchor institutions how the incoming Biden Administration and new Congress will reshape policies and programs in the upcoming years. Anyone working on place-based or tech-based economic development should join this webinar. This will only be Day 36 of the Biden Administration, and Day 53 of the New Congress, but the high quality and experience of the panelists will provide actionable insight and predictions into the next 4 years of new policies and programs to expect, react and take advantage of. Join us on February 24.

Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer, UM College Park, former EDA official and AURP Board Member
Steve Glickman, Founder and CEO, Develop, LLC
Charles Ross, Interim President and CEO, iNBIA
Stephan Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, ITIF
Jason Rittenberg, Policy and Development Director, SSTI

Economic Real Estate Group - March 24th from 1PM - 4PM ET

Energy Research and Innovation Hubs - November 3 from 1PM - 4PM ET

Recent Virtual Seminars

Innovation U: Retooling Your Park to Increase Relevance and Involvement


Mason Ailstock, Vice President of Business Development, Research Triangle Foundation
Sanjeev Patel
, AIA, LEED Green Assoc., Associate Principal, Duda | Paine Architects

What’s the best approach for increasing your park’s relevance? Will it require realigning physical assets? How about enhancing tenant involvement and participation? Research Triangle Foundation’s Mason Ailstock has studied these challenges and found solutions. He and architect Sanjeev Patel share their expertise with us in our Innovation U Virtual Seminar: Retooling Your Park to Increase Relevance and Involvement.


Dedicated to providing premier education and professional development opportunities, AURP presents iParks Webinars, a comprehensive, interactive community of innovation - online! iParks Webinars bring the world's innovation leaders straight to your desktop, covering a broad range of topics that Communities of Innovation around the world can implement in their parks. See below for our most recent iParks Webinar and for our iParks Archive for Webinars On Demand.

Recent iParks Webinars

iParks Webinar: How To Create An Innovation District

Featured Presenters:

  • Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
  • Patrick J. Whalen, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Moderator: Kevin T. Byrne, MBA, AURP President; President, The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

It seems like everywhere you turn these days one hears the "innovation district" buzzword. We'll examine what makes up an innovation district and then open the floor for a lively discussion.


iParks Webinar Archive

iParks Webinar: Connecting with Creatives through Social Media and Mobile Phones

Featured Presenters: Scott D. Meyer, Director of Outreach, 9 Clouds, Inc.
Derek Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Tatango

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

The Perfect Triangle: University, Public and Private Sector Research Parks

Featured Presenters: J. Michael Bowman, Chairman & President, Delaware Technology Park
Gregory W. Deason, Vice President & Executive Director, Purdue Research Park

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Renewable Energy in Texas

Featured Presenter: Mark Armentrout, President and COO of the Texas Institute for Sustainable Technology Research

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Building Information Modeling: Saving Time and Money on Your Upcoming Project

Featured Presenters: Steven Gurtel, Project Manager, Whiting-Turner and Tom Fortier, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Featured Presenter: Gregory Napier RLA, LEED AP, Assistant Director of Real Estate and Physical Facilities, Purdue Research Foundation

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Business Incubation: Taking Businesses From the Farm System to the Big Leagues

Charles D'Agostino, M.B.A., Executive Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Members