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The International Society for Professional Innovation Management ( ISPIM) is a worldwide network of academics, business leaders, consultants ( A, B, C) and other professionals involved in Innovation Management. ISPIM's goals are to create a worldwide network of excellence in the field of innovation management, to enhance collaboration between its members and to be at the forefront of research on innovation. ISPIM achieves this via its international conferences and regional events, journal publications, collaborative research projects and other member services. Our membership strategy emphasises quality rather than quantity - professional and scientific quality, as well as the quality of relationships between members. Our commitment to members includes: . ensuring a good balance and link between theory and practice in innovation management; . providing a forum that encourages members from different cultures and backgrounds to network with one another; . staging events in interesting locations that support scientific and networking needs and are excellent value for money. ISPIM's membership has traditionally come predominantly from European countries. However, since 2003 membership has increased by around 30% each year and over 40 countries are now represented, including many non- European countries. ISPIM runs two international events per year, the ISPIM Conference in Europe every June and the ISPIM Innovation Symposium in a non- European country every December. This strategy ensures that membership numbers, especially from non- European countries, will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Membership Benefits . Inclusion in the online ISPIM Member Book and access to the online ISPIM Members Area; . Discounted rates for the ISPIM Conference and the ISPIM Innovation Symposium ( worth ? 200 alone!); . Online access to all ISPIM conference and symposium proceedings since 2003 ( more than 700 articles and presentations on innovation); . Discounted rates for selected events hosted by ISPIM partners; . Subscription to ISPIM News, a quarterly news digest of events, member communications and society news; . The right to advertise any event or activity in which you are engaged in the newsletter; Membership Fees The annual membership fees are as follows: . Individual Membership - ? 150 . Student Membership - ? 50 ( Available only to full- time students. Not available to people with professional or academic positions who are studying whilst working.) . Corporate Membership - ? 125 per person ( Minimum of two members) Forthcoming ISPIM Events: The 2nd ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 6- 9 December 2009, New York City, USA " Stimulating Recovery: The Role of Innovation Management" www. symposium. ispim. org The ISPIM 2010 Conference, 6- 9 June 2010, Bilbao, Spain " The Dynamics of Innovation" www. conference. ispim. org To join ISPIM, please complete the membership form online at www. ispim. org The International Society for Professional Innovation Management ( ISPIM)

38INNOVATION UK 1983 - BAGLESS VACUUM CLEANER James Dyson is the definitive British technical innovator. His dual- cycle bagless vacuum cleaner took over 5,000 prototypes to perfect, but became the fastest- selling vac-uum cleaner in British history and has taken his company from nowhere to a major player in the market. In the late 1970s, Dyson had the idea of using cyclonic separation to create a vacuum cleaner that wouldn't lose suction as it picked up dirt. After five years and 5,127 prototypes, Dyson launched the " G- Force" cleaner in 1983. Unfortunately, no manufacturer or distributor would launch his product in the UK as it would disturb the valuable cleaner- bag market, so Dyson launched it in Japan through catalogue sales. Initially manufactured in bright pink, the G- Force had a selling price of £ 2,000 and won the 1991 International Design Fair prize in Japan. He obtained his first US patent on the idea in 1986. After failing to sell his invention to the major manufac-turers, Dyson set up his own manufacturing company. In June 1993 he opened his research centre and factory in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The product now outsells those of some of the companies that rejected his idea and has become one of the most popular brands in the UK. In early 2005, it was reported that Dyson cleaners had become the market leaders in the US by value, while the Dyson Dual Cyclone became the fastest- selling vacuum cleaner ever to be made in the UK. Dyson's breakthrough in the UK market, more than 10 years after the initial idea, was through a TV advertising campaign that emphasised that, unlike its rivals, it did not require the continuing purchase of replacement bags. At that time, the UK mar-ket for disposable cleaner bags was £ 100m. The slogan of " say goodbye to the bag" proved more attractive to the buying public than a previous emphasis on the suction efficiency that its technology delivers. In 1997 Dyson was awarded the Prince Phillip Designers Prize. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow at The Royal Academy of Engineering. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the New Year's Honours, December 2006. 1989 - THE WORLD WIDE WEB The World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners- Lee in 1989, with the first working system deployed in 1990, while he was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. He went on to found the World Wide Web Consortium, which seeks to standardise and improve World Wide Web- related things such as the HTML mark- up language in which web pages are written and he coined the phrase " World Wide Web". He started out on his road to success while he was at Queen's College, Oxford in 1976. While he was there, he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television. After he graduated, he spent two years with Plessey Tele­communications Ltd, a major UK telecoms equipment manufacturer, working on distributed transaction sys-tems, message relays and barcode technology. In 1978, Berners- Lee left Plessey to join D G Nash Ltd, where he wrote typesetting software for intelligent printers and a multitasking operating system. Eighteen months spent as an independent consult-ant included a six- month stint as consultant software engineer at CERN, the European Particle Physics Labo-ratory in Switzerland. While he was there he wrote his first programme for storing information, including using random associations. This programme formed the con-ceptual basis for the future development of the World Wide Web. In 1989, Berners- Lee proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the World Wide Web. It was designed to allow people to work together by combining their knowledge in a web of hypertext documents. He wrote the first World Wide Web server, " httpd" and the first client, " WorldWideWeb" a what- you- see- is- what- you- get hypertext browser/ editor. This work was started in October 1990 and the pro-gramme " WorldWideWeb" was first made available within CERN two months later, and on the Internet in the summer of 1991. Throughout 1991 and 1993, Berners- Lee continued working on the design of the Web, co-ordinating feedback from users across the Inter-net. His initial speci-fications of URSs, HTTP and HTML were refined as the web technology spread. Berners- Lee was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire ( KBE) for his work on the web in 2003. 2 Great British Inventions Great British Inventions Great British inventions