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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.

350+ Attendees

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

160+ Institutions

Should your institution be part of the World of Knowledge Transfer?

36+ Countries

In 2021, the whole world can join ASTP conference online

  • Programme
  • Speakers


  • Thu 27 May 2021

    • 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.

    • 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

      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.

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 2: Benefit-sharing with inventors (incentives, decision when to grant IP back 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.

    • 10:30 - 11:30    Track 3: Joint university-industry research centres the dos and don’ts

      Close interactions between universities and industry in research centres have recently become more and more frequent. It is necessary to find pragmatic contractual solutions without creating excessive bureaucracy. 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.

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

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Second Parallel Session

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

      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.

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 2: 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 harmonized income versus getting the deal done.

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

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Track 3: Export control 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.

    • 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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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 start-ups 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 startups.

    • 15:30 - 16:30    Social networking

  • Fri 28 May 2021

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

    • 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

      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?

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

      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.

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

      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.

    • 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

      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.

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

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

      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.

    • 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.

    • 15:30 - 16:30    Social networking


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