The conference registration desk will be open prior to the formal start of the conference, so please come to the Altis Grand Hotel on the 27th of May to collect your conference bag and avoid the queues.
NAAC Meeting (invitation only)
This is the bi-annual meeting of ASTP’s National Association Advisory Council (NAAC). Chaired by Vice President for the NAAC Santiago Urroz Romo, the invited representatives of each European national association are welcome to come together to plan European-wide activities and consolidate the work of the NAAC working groups.
Student IP policies in university-enterprise collaboration (free session, registration required)
Students are increasingly involved in university-enterprise collaborations, open innovation and entrepreneurial activities. This provides them with valuable opportunities to develop new skills by applying their knowledge to real-life problems, and yet this poses challenges regarding managing intellectual property rights and confidentiality issues.
Some universities have specific policies in place to manage IP generated by students while others are struggling to find the right balance between various interests.
This workshop is an opportunity to exchange ideas, policies and best practices on how to frame the role of students in an open innovation and entrepreneurial environment.
Facilitator:Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, London Business School, UK
How to be a confident and effective networker (free session, registration required)
Being a good networker is a key skill to connect with your peers, influence others, and raise your profile. Networking is not about selling, it is about building relationships and trust, the important “ingredients” for successful knowledge transfer.
This practical and fun 3-hour workshop will give you the confidence and knowledge on how to:
Join groups with ease
Understand the process of networking
Break the ice
Develop small talk to create trust
Prepare in advance
Answer the “what do you do?” question
Ask great business-related questions
Facilitator:Sue Tonks, International Trainer and Networking Expert, UK
Join your fellow guests at this official welcome to ASTP’s 21st Annual Conference. Held in Altis Grand Hotel, this is the perfect opportunity to meet up with your fellow participants, speakers, sponsors and service providers.
The annual Directors’ Dinner is one of the conference highlights and attracts Knowledge Transfer Office directors and senior industrialist responsible for academic partnering for across Europe to this intimate dinner. This event requires pre-registration and is only available to KTO office directors and senior industrialists. This event offers unique networking opportunities with your peers and is a rare occasion for directors to get together and share their knowledge and experience.
ASTP loves to meet our newest members and this meeting is the perfect opportunity for you to come and meet us. Get to know members of the committees and the Board and find out about the volunteering opportunities there are within the association for building your knowledge and network.
Keynote – Is there a “third mission” for universities? Strategies of public research for societal progress
For universities, engaging with society in order to generate impact is considered a “third mission”. But do universities really have different missions and what is meant by impact on society?
Riccardo Pietrabissa is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering and Rector of the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia. In the early 2000s he established the TTO at the Politecnico di Milano and was among the founders of the Italian Network for Research Valorization (Netval). He has devoted a large part of his career to understanding and promoting the role of public research in shaping the future of society. In this session, Ricardo shall share his thoughts on the role of universities and, in particular, their mission for societal progress.
Speaker: Riccardo Pietrabissa, Rector of Scuola Superiore IUSS Pavia, Prof. of Industrial Bioengineering at Polytechnics of Milan, Italy
Alumni usually have strong ties to their alma mater, valuable product and market knowledge, complementary to the institution, as well as a network of relevant contacts in business. These characteristics make alumni an interesting resource for technology transfer offices. There are different ways to integrate these resources profitably into the work of a TTO. In this session two examples on how you can do it will be introduced: the close co-operation of TTO and Alumni relations at Imperial College London and the KIT Industry Experts – a special alumni network at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Benefit-sharing with inventors (incentives, decision when to grant back IP to researchers)
Research institutions’ policies on IP, knowledge and technology transfer are generally similar to the frameworks within which we carry out our activities. When we dig into specific policies and look at them in more detail, we often discover subtle and not so subtle differences.
These differences may be based on national legislation or university policies. and often lead to good discussions and exchanges of best practices.
In this session, we shall discuss three different models of benefit-sharing with inventors when KTOs have commercialised inventions, as well as three different approaches in the cases where the KTOs have decided to hand back the rights and/or the commercialisation activities to the inventor.
Why have the three TTOs chosen the specific model and what are the pros and cons?
Joint university-industry research centres – dos and don’ts
Close interactions between universities and industry in research centres have recently become more and more frequent.
Due to this close cooperation, the transitions run more smoothly, for example regarding IP.
In this session, two examples from different industries will be reported. ETH Zurich has close ties to the local research centres of Disney and Microsoft, while at the University of Warwick, the National Automotive Centre ( NAIC) with Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors was established.
This session shall examine subjects such as the how to, and best practice of, creating awareness and scouting for cases within SSHA along with tools necessary for working and managing SSHA cases in the early phase.
There will be an opportunity to review examples of funding schemes that support SSHA in creating impact, as well as a discussion on how to assess its societal impact.
Location: Milão Room
Lunch & Face-to-Face Meetings
Knowledge Stock Exchange
The Knowledge Stock Exchange (KSE) is divided into three parallel streams:
Learn about companies’ services and tools, to help you boost your KTO activity. Does your company service KTO activities? Take place in the Marketplace and present the benefits for your business. To claim your 15 minutes of fame email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KTOs will present their initiatives or share a dilemma they are facing. Use this opportunity as a source of inspiration or to identify possible partners. Do you want to share your project or idea with the experts from the field of technology transfer?
Neither universities nor KTOs are terribly good at communicating news of their successes; yet it is one of our really important tasks. Lack of communications staff, or no one interested in branding and marketing within KTO, can result in other entities claiming our accomplishments as their own.
In this session, we shall hear how some KTOs successfully make a noise about their activities and their impact on society.
Speaker:Stein Eggan, CEO – NTNU Technology Transfer AS, Norway.
Scenarios for conflicts of interest in a university surrounding
Conflicts of interest are a recurring topic in knowledge transfer offices. The nature and management of these conflicts are becoming increasingly important as universities face greater public scrutiny and run a higher risk of reputational damage.
Even within KT offices there is the possibility of conflicts of interest, such as harmonised income versus getting the deal done.
This session shall highlight the different aspects important in avoiding and managing conflicts of interest.
Export controls for universities: a subject overlooked
Universities are subject to export control legislation. We see this in the corresponding clauses in cooperation agreements which require compliance with the regulations. Do we really need to comply with them? A university does not export any products, why do we have to comply with the regulations? Is licensing technology to foreign partners seen as an export of goods?
This session shall provide basic information on the internationally harmonised regulations and why universities must submit to them. Get tips on setting up a reliable system of export control at a university.
Speaker:Silvia Nast,Financial Services, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The lifecycle of a knowledge exchange project: processes for supporting KE in SSHA
For many universities knowledge exchange in SSHA is a relatively new topic. One issue is how do universities support the development of knowledge exchange (KE) projects in SSHA: from original idea, to seed-corn funding, to follow-on funding, and funding beyond the university?
The session shall inspire the audience to think in new ways about the processes for supporting KE in the SSHA by working through the lifecycle of a project.
See Lisbon in a new, early morning, light. Join your fellow conference participants for this invigorating 5km run through the city centre.
Meeting Point: Hotel Lobby
Plenary: Expectations of Investors
Inventions from public research organisations are often early stage inventions, therefore commercialisation via a spin-off can be expensive.
It is vitally important to attract start-up management and investors and work with them towards entering the market. Finding the right investor and preparing your spin-off for investment is complex, and everyone needs to know how to manage these tasks in a professional and, hopefully, successful way.
In this session, we shall present the expectations of two investors and discuss the essential does and don’ts when attracting and working with an investor.
Speaker:Teri Willey, Executive Director, IU Ventures, USA.
In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss concrete tools and processes for portfolio management: the need for tools to grade and rank your inventions and investigate tools to categorise inventions in order to understand the nature and structure of your portfolio.
Portfolio management is related to:
operational selection and deselection of inventions from your current portfolio in order to achieve an efficient operation
strategic prioritisation of the portfolio to assure that your TTO meets its overall goals.
Finally, we will discuss the processes for selecting, and deselecting, inventions for operational or strategic reasons.
Knowledge exchange in general, and in SSHA, often takes places without a real understanding of the needs of the potential users.
In this session we will look at the third sector. What does knowledge exchange look like between NGOs and SSHA research? What are NGOs looking for and how do the processes work?
Hear from the perspectives from users and providers: Sébastian Brack leads the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Elections and Democracy programme. Patrick Thomson is an academic geographer who has worked extensively with NGOs in water management. Both speakers will give a short presentation before opening the session out for discussion.
Moderator:Mark Mann, Senior Licensing & Ventures Manager, Oxford University Innovations, UK
Speaker: Patrick Thomson, Senior Researcher Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK
Harmonisation of KT metrics, a national and European challenge
To monitor KTO activities and demonstrate its results, policymakers, governments and funding authorities define and collect metrics: input, activity or output indicators.
This session shall look into: How are the right set of indicators established at a national level? How fo we define and implement some harmonised core metrics to enable a global European vision on KT landscape? How can we ensure a virtuous use of measurement considering the heterogeneous situations among countries (some conducting regular surveys, when others have hardly any KT network) ?
These a some of the questions tackled by the expert group on “Harmonised KT Metrics” jointly established by EC JRC and ASTP. They based their work on a wide consultation of more than 15 national KT associations.
What happened to giving IP away for free: patent pooling
In 2011 a handful of UK universities launched the initiative EasyAccessIP, an innovative way to share intellectual property with industry. Typically, early stage technologies requiring investment and product development are offered to industry for free.
Many universities joined the EasyAccessIP “movement”, and the concept received some press coverage. Some TTOs were appalled, while others thought it was a great idea. What happened to EasyAccessIP? Do some universities still use the concept in their commercialisation efforts or was it just one of those things, hot today, not tomorrow?
An “inventor” of EasyAccessIP, will take us through the history and thought behind the concept and ponder its future.
Dublin City University (DCU) is currently considering the concept and we will hear about DCU’s thoughts on where and why EasyAccessIP could be useful for the university.
Developing innovations is key if companies are to survive, grow and prosper. It is also key to addressing societal and environmental challenges.
The process of developing innovations needs to be managed; whether you are a researcher, knowledge transfer professional, SME or large company. Whatever part of the process you are responsible for, be it idea generation, strategic intelligence, IP management, or post-licence management, they all require an organisational overview.
This session will review the recently published ISO56000 series of Innovation Management Systems guidance standards, which have been developed by experts from 59 countries with contributions from many organisations such as OECD, WTO, LESI, and others.
Knowledge Transfer in an era of complexity, open science and slowballisation
KTO’s have worked hard to professionalise operations and inclusion into mainstream university strategy. Today three novel challenges are visible.
First is complexity: the myriad of funding instruments, deployed across multiple collaborative contexts, leads to a growing complexity of mapping and deploying IP arrangements and exploitation avenues.
Second is open science: knowledge creation and dissemination are primary tasks of universities. KTO’s should be actively involved in judging how, when and what results should be accessible and under what guidance and conditions.
Third is slowballisation: the deceleration that globalisation is linked to new policy emphasis. These are of particular relevance as universities act and operate globally in terms of talent management, collaboration and knowledge transfer.
Those challenges imply that KTO’s rethink their position, their role and their actions in the innovation value landscape.