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2021 Annual Conference | Zooming in on Knowledge Transfer

Join Europe's Knowledge Transfer community at the sector's premier annual event in May 2021. This incomparable online event unites the experts, professionals, and industry from around the world. Registration closes 14th May 2021.
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650+ Attendees

In May 2021 ASTP shall deliver our Annual Conference online for the first time

160+ Institutions

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  • Programme
  • Speakers


  • Wed 26 May 2021

    • 09:30 - 09:45    European Forum

      Welcome and Introduction from ASTP President, Cécile Cavalade

    • 09:45 - 10:00    Overview of JRC Projects on Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

      The overview will be presented by:

      Alessandro Fazio, Head of Competence Centre on Technology Transfer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

      Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

    • 10:00 - 10:15    Discussion

    • 10:15 - 10:45    IPR and Valorisation policies: towards Guiding Principles for Knowledge Valorisation

      This session and presentation shall be delivered by 

      Veronica Beneitez-Pinero | DG RTD, Valorisation policies and IPR

    • 10:45 - 11:00    Discussion

    • 11:00 - 11:15    Break

    • 11:15 - 11:45    An IP Action Plan for EU for the benefit of economy and society

      Wawrzyniec Perschke, DG GROW, Intellectual Property

    • 11:45 - 12:00    Discussion

    • 12:00 - 12:30    European Innovation Council: funding opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation

      Keith Sequeira, Governance & Coordination, EIC & SME Executive Agency

    • 12:30 - 12:45    Discussion

    • 12:45 - 13:00    ASTP EU Strategy

      In this session the ASTP Board will unpack the organisation's strategy for developing further connections with the European Union.

    • 15:00 - 17:00    National Associations Advisory Committee (NAAC) meeting

      This is one of the major events of the NAAC calendar where the leaders of Europe's national associations unite alongside ASTP's Vice President for NAAC, Santiago Romo Urroz.

  • Thu 27 May 2021

    • 07:30 - 08:30    Morning Yoga

      Start your day the yoga way. This one-hour online yoga class will hep you stretch into the new day. 

    • 08:30 - 09:00    Meeting for new members

      Join ASTP Board members and reps from ATTP to find out what you can get out of your membership and learn more about RTTP.

    • 09:00 - 09:15    Welcome by ASTP President

      ASTP President, Cécile Cavalade shall welcome participants and speakers to ASTP's first online annual conference. 

    • 09:15 - 10:00    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, Riccardo shall share his thoughts on the role of universities and, in particular, their mission for societal progress.

      Speaker: Ricardo Pietrabissa, Rector and Professor of Industrial Bioengineering, IUSS University School for Advanced Studies Pavia, Italy

    • 10:00 - 10:30    Coffee break and networking

    • 10:30 - 11:30    First Parallel Session

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 1: Alumni: your perfect entry point to business partners in knowledge transfer

      Moderator: Amanda Zeffman

      Alumni often have strong ties to their alma mater. Their market and product knowledge can be greatly valuable to the institution as can their network of business contacts. This expertise makes alumni an interesting resource for knowledge transfer offices. There are a variety of ways to integrate these resources successfully into the work of a KTO.

      This session will introduce two examples of successful alumni engagement. You shall examine the relationship with Alumni of the Karlsruher Institute of Technology as well as of the Università Ca' Foscari in Venezia.


      Dagmar Vössing, Head of Technology Transfer - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

      Marco Cosmo, Director, Ca' Foscari Alumni, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 2: Benefit-sharing with inventors

      Moderator: Karen Laigaard

      Research institutions’ policies on IP and knowledge and technology transfer in general offer, on the whole, quite similar frameworks within which we carry out our activities. 

      However, when we dig into specific policies and look at them in more detail we often discover both subtle and not so subtle differences. These can be based on national legislation or on overall university policies and often lead to good discussions and exchanges of best practices between us. 

      In this session we will discuss two different models for benefit-sharing with inventors when the TTOs have commercialised the inventions as well as two different approaches in the cases where the TTOs have decided to hand back the rights and/or the commercialization activities to the inventor him/herself. 

      Why have the two TTOs chosen the specific model and what are the pros and cons?


      Paul Van Dun, General Manager - KU Leuven R&D, Belgium

      Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business - University of Exeter, United Kingdom

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 3: Industry 4.0 - New perspectives on business models and IP

      Moderator: Shiva Loccisano

      Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, AI, and Big Data are some of today’s buzzwords. Smart products and smart solutions enable new manufacturing processes.  Exploiting digitalisation possibilities and cross-linking our daily lives with the digital world will influence our future.

      As business models changed, do we need to adapt our approach towards industry?

      And how about IP?  With the development of new technologies, such as AI, new mechanisms for protection and patents emerge. How should applicants and patent offices react to this?

      In this session a representative of Flanders Make, a strategic research centre in the manufacturing industry will give practical examples of, already applied, new business models.

      An experienced patent lawyer will give insights on the latest developments in IP relevant for the new technologies.


      Di Zhu, Senior IP Counsel - Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, the Netherlands

      Filip De Coninck, Chief Valorization Officer - Flanders Make, Belgium

      Jeroen De Maeyer, Business Development Manager - UGent-FlandersMake, Belgium

    • 11:30 - 12:00    Coffee break and networking

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Second Parallel Session

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 1: Storytelling in KT

      Moderator: Tom Flanagan

      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 the 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.


      Gregg Bayes-Brown

      Stein Eggan, CEO - NTNU Technology Transfer AS, Norway

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 2: Scenarios for conflicts of interest in a university surrounding.

      Moderator: George Summerfield

      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 harmonized income versus getting the deal done.

      This session shall highlight the different aspects important in avoiding and managing conflicts of interest.


      Jörn Erselius, Managing Director - Max Planck Innovation GmbH, Germany

      Luis Caldas de Oliveira, Deputy Director - iStartLab, IST Innovation Laboratory at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 3: Export control for universities: a subject overlooked

      Moderator: Silke Meyns

      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.


      Silvia Nast, Export Control Officer - ETH Zurich, Switzerland

      Gunilla Klöhn, Deputy Head Policy Division - German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Controls (BAFA), Germany     

    • 13:00 - 14:30    Lunch and networking

    • 14:30 - 15:30    Third Parallel Session

    • 14:30 - 15:30    Track 1:Tools and Methods for Societal Impact within SSHA

      Moderator: Fredrik Edman

      The session will investigate subjects such as how to (and best practice of) create awareness and scouting cases within SSHA, tools for working and managing SSHA cases in the early phase. We will present examples of funding schemes that support SSHA in creating impact. Additionally, we will cover the discussion about how to assess societal impact of SSHA.


      Anne Sofie Dahlmann Breindahl, Special Consultant - Aarhus University, Denmark

      Georg Russegger, Project Director - Academy of the Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

      Astrid Høegh Tyrsted, Development Consultant - Aarhus University, Denmark

    • 14:30 - 15:30    Track 2: Portfolio Management: tools and processes

      Moderator: Christophe Haunold

      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 de-selecting, inventions for operational or strategic reasons.


      Jon Wulff Peterson, Director - Technology Transfer, Denmark

    • 14:30 - 15:30    Track 3: Launching University Spin-outs: best practices for win-win negotiations between VCs and TTOs

      Moderator: Andrea Basso

      In the Spring of 2020 members from seven American university TTOs met with partners from six venture capital firms to discuss challenges both parties routinely face when working on life science deals together. A set of best practices and recommendations were shared on how to create win-win outcomes and avoid long and painful negotiations; these may also be appropriate for Spin-outs beyond the life sciences.

      In this session, members of the VC/TTO Roundtable group will present the recommendations and share their experience on how to promote university innovations to becoming stronger Spin-outs.


      Orin Herskowitz, Senior VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer - Columbia University, USA

      Lauren Foster

      Amy Schulman

    • 15:30 - 16:30    Social networking

  • Fri 28 May 2021

    • 07:30 - 08:30    Morning Run

      Our traditional conference morning run is still on the schedule even if our event is virtual. Using a running app we can still do our favourite 5km (or more or less). Join you fellow participants for some fun before sitting down to the business of the day.

    • 09:00 - 10:00    Keynote | Expectations from Investors

      Moderator: Henric Rhedin

      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 investments 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.


      Teri Willey, Executive Director - IU Ventures, USA

      Stephan Christgau, Founding Partner - Eir Ventures, Denmark

    • 10:00 - 10:30    Coffee break and networking

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Fourth Parallel Session

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 1: Creating impact through spin-offs in collaboration with Social Sciences and Humanities

      Moderator: Christoph Köller

      Experience shows that there is still a considerable unexploited potential within the SSH in translating their knowledge from innovative research towards the benefit of the economy. How can we create impact by a mixture of innovative solutions that tackle societal challenges and at the same time also create economic impact? How can we start spin-offs based on research from the SSH with a societal, economic and environmental impact? Where can we find funding for this kind of “social spin-offs”? What distinguishes spin-offs started from SSHA from spin offs out of STEM?


      Barbara Tan, Valorisation Manager for SSH - University of Antwerp, Belgium

      Chris Fellingham, Licensing and Ventures Manager - Oxford University Innovation, United Kingdom

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 2: What happened to giving IP away for free

      Moderator: Paul Van Dun

      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.


      Kevin Cullen, Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development - KAUST, Saudi Arabia

      Jaci Barnett, Head of Research Commercialisation and Investment - University of Bristol, United Kingdom

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 3: International standards for innovation management

      All companies, large or small, need to innovate if they are to survive, grow and prosper. It is also key to addressing today's 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, whether it is research and innovation collaboration; protecting and transferring IP; or monitoring licence agreements - they all need to be effectively and efficiently managed.

      A series of Innovation Management Systems Guidance standards, developed by experts from 59 countries with contributions from many organisations such as OECD, WTO, LESI, and others, has recently been published as International and European standards (ISO56000 series).

      This session will review the importance of these guidance standards as a source of good practice, with shared perspectives from the research industry interface and the knowledge transfer profession.


      Eugene Sweeney, CEO, Iambic Innovation Ltd, United Kingdom

      Benjamin Watson, Innovation Leader, Corporate Research & Development, 3M, United Kingdom

    • 11:30 - 12:00    Coffee break and networking

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Fifth Parallel Session

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 1: Measuring Impact of KT

      Moderator: Alison Campbell

      Assessment of research impact has become a world-wide topic. Different types of assessment frameworks raised up, usually based on case studies, sometimes in addition to metrics. KT communities are commonly using indicators to analyse and demonstrate their activities and outputs. But what about the impact of KT activities? Collecting structured case studies enable to showcase the societal and the economic changes. But is it possible to go further to identify the impact pathway and the role of KT in this process, or to set up relevant impact indicators?

      The presentation will first explore existing initiatives and works on KT impact measurement worldwide. Then we will question the possibility to measure impact on a regular basis, at a European (cross-countries) level: how can we go further than a collection of case studies, to provide trends and findings based on meaningful aggregated data?

      An answer might be found at the frontier of academic works, practitioner experience and experts analysis.


      Cecile Cavalade, Business Development Manager, ULB-TTO, Technology Transfer Office, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 2: Negotiating Licensing Terms in Life Sciences

      Moderator: Raluca Flükiger

      Knowledge and Technology Transfer can happen in numerous ways, from publication of research results to collaborations between scientist, between research organizations, between academia and industry or by creating companies, just to name a few.

      Still one of the main areas of KTT our offices are heavily involved in, is licensing. Not only does licensing facilitate KTT, it also can generate income and not to forget reputation for the research institution your KTO is working for. But how to make sure, that the terms you agree on actually reflect the value your IP.

      In this talk we will very briefly touch the subject how to get a price tag for a licensable IP, we then will discuss various deal structures and licensing fee models and also negotiation tactics. Finally we will spend some time regarding the do’s and don’ts in licensing.

      Speaker: Anja Zimmerman, Equity Management & Valuation, Ascenion GmbH

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 3: Start up ecosystems: elements of a thriving system

      Moderator: Markus Pietzka

      Bridging the academic and commercial spheres is a difficult task, for which a number of supporting tools can be used. One of the necessary tools for dynamic and effective cooperation is the establishment of an external single purpose vehicle by an academic institution. This "meta spin-off" is an incredibly beneficial instrument for the commercialisation of intellectual property, as evidenced by case studies of two most successful meta spin-offs in the Czech Republic, i & i Prague from the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University Innovations Prague, a subsidiary of highest-ranking university in Czech Republic.


      Jaromír Zahrádka, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder - i&i Prague, Czech Republic

      Otomar Sláma, Director - Charles University Innovations Prague , Czech Republic

    • 13:00 - 14:30    Lunch and networking

    • 14:30 - 15:30    Keynote | The Times they are a Changin’ : knowledge transfer in an era of complexity, open science and slowbalisation

      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 slowbalisation: 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.


      Koenraad Debackere, Professor, Executive director and Board member - KU Leuven, Belgium

    • 15:30 - 16:30    Social networking


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