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Noeleen O'Hara by Noeleen O'Hara

Today (16th November 2021), over 100 knowledge transfer professionals from across the world joined the second meeting of the ASTP-EU Forum. The intention to create a space for key speakers from European institutions to share and update the community on their current knowledge transfer related activities was realised in the 4-hour meeting, defined by content rich presentations and simulating audience questions.

Summing up, meeting co-ordinator Alessandra Baccigotti, ASTP VP Europe said:

That knowledge transfer professionals, are a key channel for knowledge valorisation, together with how to manage IPR and how to do technology transfer in an Open Science environment are just some of the takeaways from the second ASTP-EU Forum this morning. Over 100 members of the ASTP community met with representatives of DG Research & Innovation, the Joint Research Centre and European Innovation Council to share updates on the most recent knowledge valorisation and innovation-related policies, and to make the voice of tech transfer heard in Europe.

Today was also a good opportunity to reflect on “the new normal of knowledge transfer” and on how to capitalise on the lessons learned from the pandemic in order to tackle other challenges. There are indeed plenty of opportunities to bring value to our profession and for playing a major role in the innovation ecosystem. ASTP is ready to seize the challenges!

You can download the speaker’s presentations here:

Kirsi Haavisto, Head of Unit, Valorisation policies and IPR, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission. In her presentation, Kirsi covered the development of Knowledge Valorisation Guiding Principles, new Codes of Practice and the Knowledge Valorisation Platform. Download here

Matthew King, Head of Unit, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, shared his opinion on the need to keep science and technology transfer high on the international agenda.

Eva Baltar, Policy Officer, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. Her presentation reviewed key recommendations for KT development in EU neighbouring territories even acknowledging a useful ASTP contribution on KT metrics from the Knowledge Transfer Metrics Report.  Download Eva's presentation here

Silvia Bottaro, Legal Officer - Open Science, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission, addressed how to balance open innovation and embed this as the new normal in research and innovation working effectively alongside valorisation strategies. Download here

Veronica Beneitez-Pinero, Deputy Head of Unit, EIC Transition and Business Acceleration Services European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA), European Commission, discussed opportunities around one-stop shop support to drive conversion of exciting research results into economic benefits. Download here

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