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Dr Nilla Karlsen-Davies

Partnerships and Business Engagement Manager

Nilla Karlsen-Davies

Engineering Building



Tel: +44 1524 593569


Nilla is the Partnerships & Business Engagement Manager for Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Engineering & Physics) at Lancaster University, and also supports business partnership development with Energy Lancaster, the Materials Science Institute and the Quantum Technology Centre. There are a range of mechanisms for businesses to engage with researchers within Physical Sciences. These range from student placements, contract research, professional development and multi-partner collaborative research projects.

Nilla is a board member of the Fluid Machinery Group Committee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as well as the representative on the Young Members Board. 

In her previous role, Nilla worked with companies from across a range of industry sectors. She provided advice on strategic technological decisions, enabled R&D tax relief and facilitated collaboration between companies and the UK Knowledge Base such that companies may access industry leading technology and skills. 

Nilla has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MEng in Sustainable Engineering from Lancaster University. Her PhD research focused on factors affecting the performance and reliability of regenerative pumps. She has previously been involved in several research & development projects, both as a student and as an assistant lecturer, collaborating with SMEs on renewable energy technologies, sustainability and energy efficiency.  


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