The RSC Management Group and the Industry & Technology Forum
28 April 2004 - Creating Business through Trading Technology.

Companies have in recent years radically changed their internal structures, with R&D functions having either been downsized and/or forced to recognise that the acquisition of key technologies cannot follow traditional pathways. However, it remains that in the absence of state of the art technology, companies cannot compete in the market place or realise shareholder value, and stagnation becomes the most optimistic option. The nature of the chemical industry itself has also changed, with many familiar names no longer existing due to mergers and acquisitions and many of those which are currently recognisable, being merely transient. Under such circumstances, those organisations whose research departments can adapt to the new ways of acquiring information and key technologies will be the ones to survive.

In this latest in the highly successful "Creating Business Through" series we will focus on developments in trading technology, such as the use of internet based technology acquisition engines. The meeting will also cover specialised companies and the latest generation of university spin outs. As always, we have assembled a number of experts in the field to help guide you through some of the opportunities available and advise you on where to focus your resources to ensure the technology out there can be made available to your company.

Date: 28 April, 2004
Location: Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT
For Further Information: Please contact Michele Sahrle , see "Contact Us".

Wednesday 28 April 2004
9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Chairman: David Giachardi Chief Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry
10:15 Change in the Chemical Industry.
Professor Willi Keim, University of Aachen
10:45 An Introduction to Internet Based Technology Access
Ian Walker, Ian Walker Associates.
11:15 COFFEE
11:45 Internet based Technology - A Suppliers Perspective
Charles Brez, NineSigma
12:15 Internet based Technology - A Users Perspective
John Walker, P & G
12:45 LUNCH
13:45 Chairman: Mike Green, Chairman, RSC Management Group
14:00 A New Research Laboratory in South Africa
Steve Ley, University of Cambridge
14:30 The SASOL Laboratory at St Andrews University
Jannie Steynberg, SASOL
15:00 COFFEE
15:20 Active Technology Management Adds Value
Roger Harrison, BTG International
15:50 Trading Technology - A University Perspective
Susan Searle, UCL