The final ADVOCATE network training workshop was hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, UK on 4th September 2014 on the theme of ‘Taking research beyond academia’ - IPR/legal issues for research & technology development, commercialisation. The event was attended by 12 fellows and other project members. The participants were introduced to the journey of creating a product for commercialisation and the pitfalls of establishing a spin-out company by Andy Maiden (external), who is now a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Andy has given both a personal and professional insight into his experiences on commercialisation, giving us all an enjoyable and fun presentation making us think and be more competent in the topic. Business Development Manager at the University of Sheffield and private entrepreneur (www.code3d.co.uk) Ashan Khan (external) encouraged an engaging, energetic and informative discussion on innovations and innovative thinking, while Joerg Frauenstein (associate partner) Head of Section of Soil Protection at the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) shared his views on the importance of academic and business collaborations, encouraging young scientists to see through the maze of research and development, and have it at the prime of their focus. Last, but not least, on the side of legal issues, David Hall (associate partner) of Golder Associates introduced us to the joys and difficulties of being an expert witness, through many years of activities, that had started off as a hobby for him.