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Alison Campbell

Alison Campbell

Government Office for Technology Transfer

Chief Executive

Andrea Ravaioli

Andrea Ravaioli

University of Bologna

Knowledge Transfer Manager

Andrew Goldman

Andrew Goldman

Medicines Patent Pool

Senior Advisor

Ángeles López Lozano

Ángeles López Lozano

University of Vigo

Director of the R&D Office

Annemieke de Raad

Annemieke de Raad

University of Amsterdam

Business Development Manager

Art Bos

Art Bos

Erasmus Research Services

Head of Business Development and Knowledge Transfer

Bruno Vandermeulen

Bruno Vandermeulen

Impact Licensing Initiative vzw

Senior IP Director

Chris Fellingham

Chris Fellingham

ARC Accelerator

Co-founder and Director

Christoph Fik

Christoph Fik

ETH transfer

Technology Transfer and Licensing Manager

Christophe Haunold

Christophe Haunold

ASTP

President

Ciaran O’Herlihy

Ciaran O’Herlihy

Cambridge Enterprise

Senior Commercialisation Associate

Ed Maughfling

Ed Maughfling

e-lucid

Head of Business Development

Eduardo Troche

Eduardo Troche

INSTITUTE IMDEA MATERIALS

Head of the Technology Transfer and Innovation Office

Iker Bilbao

Iker Bilbao

NEIKER | Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development

Head of Market and Knowledge Transfer

Imogen Wall

Imogen Wall

Imogen Wall

Psychological wellbeing consultant

Ivana Vuka

Ivana Vuka

RISE company

Senior Innovation Manager

Jacek Plucinski

Jacek Plucinski

University of Luxembourg

Technology Transfer Manager

Jan Chojecki

Jan Chojecki

Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL)

Managing Director, PhD

Jessica Meijer

Jessica Meijer

University of Leiden

Head of Innovation and Business Development, Technology Transfer Office

Johan Moyersoen

Johan Moyersoen

Impact Licensing Initiative

Founder and General Manager

Jörn Erselius

Jörn Erselius

Max Planck Innovation GmbH

Managing Director

Julian Jantke

Julian Jantke

ARC Accelerator

Director

Malcolm Bain

Malcolm Bain

Across Legal

Partner

Niels Lysholm Engelhard

Niels Lysholm Engelhard

University of Copenhagen

Innovations partner at UCPH Lighthouse

Pablo Hervás

Pablo Hervás

Fundación Pública Andaluza Progreso y Salud

Deputy Director of the Andalusian Public Health System | Technology Transfer Office

Paul Van Dun

Paul Van Dun

KU Leuven Research & Development

General Manager

Philip Grother

Philip Grother

Stepping-Stone

Founder

Silke Meyns

Silke Meyns

ETH Transfer

Former Head of Patent and Licences

Simon Hepworth

Simon Hepworth

Imperial College London

Director of Enterprise

Steven Tan

Steven Tan

Nascent Ventures

Founder and Director

Connect directly with Europe's knowledge transfer community

With typically over 300 guests coming from 36 countries, ASTP conference is a great way to showcase you business. From an exhibition booth, in the heart of the conference social buzz, to opportunities to brand social events and merchandise; your involvement will take you to the heart of knowledge transfer in Europe.

If you would like to discuss a bespoke package, contact Noeleen O'Hara

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Never been to ASTP conference? Here's a chance to join in!

Each year, our friends at Inteum generously sponsor a first-time attendee to come along to conference. 

If you are employed full time by an organisation, in the UK or EU that has at least one ASTP member, your are eligible to apply. Application deadline: Friday, 15th March 2024

Conference Programme

  • Day 1

    Wed 22 May 2024

  • Day 2

    Thu 23 May 2024

  • Day 3

    Fri 24 May 2024

 
10:30 - 15:30

Registration Desk Open

Collect your badge and conference bag

 
13:30 - 15:30

National Associations Advisory Committee (NAAC) meeting

By invitation only

This face-to-face meeting of the NAAC, unites as many as 33 European National Associations (NAs) and is chaired by the ASTP Vice President NAAC, Laura Spinardi.

Access to this meeting is by invitation only.

 
13:30 - 15:30

Workshops and Special Interest Group meetings

Choose from a variety of free learning opportunities

Choose from a variety of free learning opportunities

Watch this space for a choice of free workshops or SIG meeting.

Software and data driven innovation lifecycles

This year’s DI SIG workshop will drill down on the concept of software and data driven innovation “lifecycle”, with collaborative activities aiming to identify and develop the skills, knowledge, documentation, processes and other materials that are considered necessary and/or useful for managing digital innovations along the timeline from software development project proposal to spin-out or licensing and eventually further research collaboration.

Join DI SIG members for in-depth information and knowledge generated to make our lives easier.

Facilitators: Malcolm Bain |  Christoph Fik | Sigmar Lampe

 
15:45 - 18:00

Guided City Tour        

Pre-registration required

Explore the historic centre of Seville on foot with this walking tour. Your local guide will share stories, facts, and secrets about hidden corners of the city.  You will stroll around Seville’s most emblematic monuments and landmarks such as: the Alcazar Palace, Plaza España, the Cathedral, the Archivo General de Indias enjoy scenic view points such as La Giralda tower.

Meeting point: Hotel lobby

 
18:00 - 19:30

Welcome Reception

Open to everyone

Join your fellow guests at this official welcome to ASTP’s 24th annual conference. Hosted in a historic private house in the heart of Seville, Villa Luisa dates from the 1920s.

Get to know your fellow participants and meet up with the Board and Committee members, meet colleagues and make friends. This is the first and best place to feel the unique vibe only ASTP conference provides. 

The welcome reception is generously sponsored by LifeArc

Location: Villa Luisa


 
19:30 - 22:00

Directors' Dinner

Pre-registration required

If you are a Director of a Knowledge Transfer Office or a senior industrialist responsible for academic partnering, this event offers unique networking opportunities with your peers from across Europe. An intimate event, which requires pre-registration, this dinner is a great occasion for directors to get together and share their experiences and knowledge.

Location: Villa Luisa

 
08:00 - 17:00

Registration Desk Open

Collect your badge and conference bag

 
08:00 - 08:30

New Members meeting

Invitation to ASTP's newest members

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 more about volunteering with the association while building your knowledge and network.

 
08:45 - 09:00

Conference opens

Welcome by ASTP President

ASTP President shall welcome all delegates to Seville.

 
09:00 - 09:45

Opening Plenary: No Ni Na

Welcome to Spain

No Ni Na is a local Andalusian welcome where three negatives make for one large fun positive.  

In this premier conference session, we shall get the latest news from the Spanish science and innovation landscape.


 
09:45 - 10:30

Keynote

Managing stress and building resilience

Imogen Wall, a humanitarian turned mental health expert, will share lessons from the frontline of crisis management on stress, resilience and how we can protect and support ourselves and our teams health in challenging situations.

Speaker: Imogen Wall

 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee time

Have a break

Mix and mingle with fellow guest and visit the sponsor booths.

This coffee break time is kindly sponsored by Foresight ST

 
11:00 - 12:30

First Parallel Session

Choose from three dynamic tracks

These sessions will deal with topics: Artificial Intelligence, Plant-based technologies and Benchmarking licensing terms.

Business models for data and AI driven innovation

AI and data-driven innovation is the currently all the rage and a challenge for knowledge transfer. 

  • What does an AI or data business model look like? 
  • How do companies make money and what do they need from research organisations? 

Following up on previous meetings, where we looked at legal and other challenges, this panel shall look at business models that are currently been considered for AI and data-based technology start-ups and established companies. 

ASTP members and industry experts are invited to present their experience and ideas on AI and data-driven business models.

Moderator: Malcolm Bain

Speakers: Christoph Fik | Annemieke de Raad

Commercialisation of plant-based technologies

This session shall look into new plant varieties, climate-resistant crops, the transition to plant-based diets and access for the global south. 

Speakers: Jan Chojecki | Andrea Ravaioli

Benchmarking Investment and licensing terms

This workshop will explore how spin-out investment and licensing terms are set and reveal the diverse strategies employed by various institutions, providing a valuable opportunity to return to basics.

By exploring questions around equity, royalties, and other key levers shaping a successful investment deal, the workshop will offer a dynamic platform for universities to share insights and foster a collaborative environment for advancing the sector.

Speaker: Simon Hepworth

 
12:30 - 13:30

Lunchtime

Time to mingle

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in the communal reception area, meet fellow participants and visit the sponsors' exhibition booths. 

 
13:30 - 15:30

Knowledge Stock Exchange

Seek out partners, sponsor and projects

The Knowledge Stock Exchange, is unique to ASTP conferences. During these 90 minutes, there will be eighteen15-minutes session divided into across three themes: 

  • Marketplace
  • Ecosystem Insights
  • Initiative Sharing

 
13:30 - 15:30

Marketplace

Service providers showcase their tools and share opportunities for collaboration

FirstIgnite

Leveraging AI to generate industry collaborations for research funding and licensing. 

During this presentation you will learn how to use AI to identify the market applications, companies and contacts that are most aligned to partner with your research.

Speaker: Chase Bonhag

Website: firstignite.com

 
13:30 - 15:30

Ecosystem Insights

Speakers from diverse parts of the ecosystem shed light on the knowledge transfer spectrum

Empowering Innovation: European IP Helpdesk support to IP professionals and innovation ecosystems stakeholders

As a pioneering intellectual property service, European IP Helpdesk empowers technology transfer professionals, research teams and European SMEs engaged in cross-border ventures or EU-funded research in effectively managing, disseminating, and valorising their IP. Moreover, it offers a comprehensive suite of resources, including dedicated Helpline for direct support, engaging on-site and online training and informative materials such as case studies and fact sheets with the most relevant IP topics. Its focus is on enhancing IP capacity at every level – from fostering awareness to strategic utilisation and successful exploitation.

The European IP Helpdesk equips TT professionals with tools to mitigate risks by empowering teams to assess, protect, and leverage IP assets effectively. Beyond efficiency, it facilitates the expansion of professionals´ global network and fosters international partnerships. With its platform of invaluable tools and resources it enables individuals to stay ahead of the evolving IP landscape.

Speaker: Ivana Vuka

Creating an innovation ecosystem that works for everyone: the ASTP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion toolkit

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are not only important to increase individuals' wellbeing and sense of belonging in the workplace, but they are also key factors in fostering innovation. As knowledge transfer offices, we are at a key inflection point in shaping the pipeline of innovation coming out of Europe's academic institutions.

ASTP’s EDI SIG is proud to present an EU-adapted version of the AUTM toolkit for EDI in knowledge transfer that will give guidance on how to incorporate EDI into your organisation's culture.

Speaker: Danielle Counotte

 
13:30 - 15:30

Initiative Sharing

Discover current ideas and initiatives from the landscape

INNOV-8-2-CREATE: Partnership in entrepreneurship and Innovation Training

Europe is currently trailing other regions in effectively translating research and innovation activities into concrete economic benefits. The University of Galway in Ireland has developed a three-tiered impact and entrepreneurial training series (Impact Series) to stimulate the translation of research projects to outcomes with real-world economic and societal impacts.

Funded by Horizon Europe, the University of Galway is working in partnership with the University of Turin and Riga Technical University to roll out the Impact Series in a moderate innovator (Italy) and emerging innovator (Latvia), through the INNOV-8-2-CREATE project. ASTP are providing dissemination and communication leadership for the project.

Training is delivered in three distinct modules based on the “Researcher Innovation Readiness Level” of the participants (RIRL), which is a measure of the individual researcher understanding of the innovation process. Training is divided into the Impact Series (beginner), Impact Accelerator (moderate) and Impact Start (advanced).

INNOV-8-2-CREATE project is widening the participation of multiple actors in the innovation process across Europe. The success of the programme can be attributed to the active participation of diverse innovation stakeholders from across the quadruple helix.

Speakers: Grace O'Toole | Líva Stúrmane

PROvendis: an innovative and comprehensive approach to technology transfer

In the state of North Rhine Westphalia, 29 universities and PROvendis GmbH have united to form the NRW “Hochschul-IP alliance” with the goal of promoting the professional transfer of knowledge and technology to industry and society.

PROvendis is the one-stop-shop connecting companies with know-how and technologies from NRW’s universities. On the basis of professional competence, and detailed knowledge of the innovation landscape, direct, face to face contact between companies and scientists from North Rhine-Westphalia’s universities can be established and tailor-made solutions provided for the economic environment.

Due to funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy in North Rhine-Westphalia the service is free of charge for interested companies. Universities participate on a flat-rate membership fee and benefit from all services, including IP-commercialisation, without additional costs.

By this means, bureaucracy can be minimised and at the same time, comprehensive access to inventions is enabled and star-up companies stimulated.

Speaker: Heinrich Dornbusch


 
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee time

Have a break

Grab a refreshing drink and get ready for the next session. 

This break is kindly sponsored by Foresight ST

 
15:30 - 17:00

Second Parallel Session

Deepen your knowledge

During this time, you can follow one of the following topics: Accelerated Licensing ToolsTTO organisational models, or Impact and commercialisation pathways for SSHA.

Doing deals more quickly

Express licensing has many faces and in this session our two speakers will present two different concepts.

E-lucid is an online platform used by leading universities and research centres across the US and UK that makes non-exclusive licensing “as easy as shopping online”.

The University of Copenhagen's Express License for Quantum Founders was launched in the late 2023. By reducing negotiation time and costs, this initiative aims to encourage researchers to take the plunge into spin-out creation.

Do these initiatives make life easier for TTOs; for academic entrepreneurs and for external partners or are they mere marketing stunts?

  • What are the pros and cons of (and for whom) these initiatives?
  • Can we already talk about “do’s and don’ts”?
  • Are deals done more quickly?

Moderator: Jurgen Joossens

Speakers: Ed Maughfling | Niels Lysholm Engelhard

TTO organisational models

Join this roundtable discussion on different KTO organisational models. The tabletop shall host participants, with experience of different office models, debating the pros and cons of each style. 

Speakers: Iker Bilbao | Pablo Hervás | Eduardo Troche | Ángeles López Lozano

The SHAPE Potential Audit: paving impact and commercialisation pathways for SSHA

The impact and commercialisation potential of Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts is enormous but it needs to be discovered and managed.

The SHAPE Potential Audit (SPA) is a structured methodology that enables university staff to identify SSHA impact opportunities and to adjust support and resources to a promising SSHA commercialisation project portfolio. With SPA, the transfer pipeline is filled and a pathway to sustain and scale SSHA projects is paved.

This interactive session will introduce the techniques and underlying framework (DLAS) to support professional service teams (transfer, impact and commercialisation) with a better understanding how to fill their SSHA pipelines.

Moderator: Christoph Köller

Speakers: Jessica Meijer | Chris Fellingham | Julian Jantke

 
18:30 - 22:00

Conference Dinner

The social highlight

Travel by bus from the conference venue to the incredible Hacienda la Soledad for dinner. This 400-year-old house nestles in an ancient olive grove and was one of Seville's first Baroque buildings.

Bus transfer departs from the Hotel Meliá lobby at 18:30.

Location: Hacienda la Soledad

 
07:30 - 08:30

Wake up and move

Start your day the healthy way

Shake off the excesses of the conference dinner with a choice of morning sporting activities by joining our ever- growing band of runners.

 
09:15 - 10:30

Start-up investment guides on the global stage

Plenary Session | Panel discussion

Join this exciting panel by leading US, UK and EU technology transfer offices and venture capital firms as they build on the insights from Thursday’s workshop (Benchmarking Investment and licensing terms). 

They shall emphasise the significance of collaborative start-up investment guides such as the UK’s USIT Guide, the American US-BOLT, and France’s From Lab to Start-up: Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide

The discussion will highlight how these initiatives support the sector by providing a landing zone for what a good deal looks like.

Moderator: Paul Van Dun

Speaker: Simon Hepworth


 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee time

Have a break


 
11:00 - 12:30

Third Parallel Session

Keep on learning

These tracks shall explore: Knowledge Valorisation: is more than just patentsSocial impact licensing strategies and The third stream: its recognition and importance, discussed

It's more than just patents

Protection and commercialisation of patenting inventions have followed a well-trodden with which we are familiar: we have policies and processes in place for inventions coming out of STEM research groups.

Once in a while we receive a great idea but it is not patentable. It may be an app, a game, a database, a concept, or an educational tool. What can we do? Many research organisations would like to offer help with non-patentable ideas from both STEM and SSHA, but they are not sure on how to tackle the task.

  • How do we ensure an efficient transfer and exploitation of those ideas in society?
  • Is this a job for the KTO?
  • Do we need other competencies?
  • How can the organisation best support researchers who have innovative ideas?

This session will explore various examples and solutions from two KTOs who have taken unconventional exploitation journeys.

Moderator: Malcolm Bain

Speaker: Ciaran O’Herlihy, Anders Aune


Social impact licensing: strategies and practices

Many technologies are underutilised in solving global challenges. Impact licensing is a strategic instrument used to bring technologies to market in a scalable and (economically) sustainable way.

While efforts have emerged to establish impact-oriented licensing guidelines for KTOs, and to promote green technologies along with various initiatives that either pledge or relinquish IP rights for societal benefits, a noticeable surge in licensing practices that effectively optimise the economic and societal potential of IP rights remains elusive. 

This session is based on the premise that technology needs protection via intellectual property or other contractual mechanisms to achieve societal development.

The speakers in this session will provide insights into social-impact licensing strategies and best practices to use IP for improved societal value creation.

Moderator: Ivana Vuka

Speakers: Andrew GoldmanJohan Moyersoen | Bruno Vandermeulen

The third stream: its recognition and importance discussed

Session abstract and speakers' details will be available soon.

 
12:30 - 13:30

Lunchtime

Nourish yourself

Enjoy amazing local food and international company.

 
13:30 - 15:00

Fourth Parallel Session

Expand your mind

These tracks will dive into: Sustainable KTO planning, Storytelling in the context of knowledge transfer, and KT talent: retention and development. 

How to successfully operate a KTO, long term

In this session, two long-timers reflect and share their experiences of running an exciting and rewarding businesses. You will learn more about the do’s and don’ts, ups and downs, fun and nightmares encountered when running a KTO.

The panellists will unpack the cases and technologies that changed their KTOs and share their approach to tackling daily operational challenges, such as; finding good people, dealing with management expectations and changes, and working with “interesting” researchers.

Moderator: Christophe Haunold

Speakers: Silke Meyns |  Jörn Erselius

Storytelling in knowledge transfer

A more detailed abstract will be available soon.

The mission of knowledge and technology transfer professionals is to be the bridge between scientific research and the economy. Yet, many of us struggle to communicate science to non-scientific audiences in a way that generates interest and that leads to value creation.

In this talk, we explore how technology and knowledge transfer offices can help their researchers to identify and better understand the needs of different stakeholders. We will also talk about how business partners from across all industries can better understand scientists, and how science can help them grow. We will cover how to engage the right audiences when we need funding or customer feedback.

The key is storytelling, which has been a transversal tool to help scientists, businesses, funders, and regulators, understand each other and engage in an impactful journey.

Throughout this talk Philip Grother and Jacek Plucinski will share their multi-year experience in using storytelling as an effective tool in translating scientific values into economic values. The examples will focus on knowledge transfer professionals, researchers, and other stakeholders, with actionable insights for all attendees.

Speakers: Philip Grother | Jacek Plucinski

KT talent: retention and development

How can KTOs ensure the career development of their staff? How can we best attract and retain talent?

In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to share the highs and lows of the profession: 

  • What are common challenges?
  • What are the best practices for career development and reward structures?
  •  What are the incentives to stay in the profession; what motivates you to leave? 

Moderator: Anja Zimmermann

Speaker: Steven Tan

 
15:00 - 16:00

Closing Drinks

Salud!

Say your goodbyes, swap your details, and express you thanks as you prepare to leave Seville.

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Organisation and speakers were great, so enthusiastic about their work and very good at transferring their knowledge.

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ASTP Conference offers great networking and learning opportunities;  a chance to share knowledge with colleagues from various areas of expertise.

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International presence is amazing, so many countries, universities... represented here!!

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Christian Massus - SATT Aquitaine, France

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As always, superb topics and inspirational speakers. Great networking. Well worth the time out of the office!!! Great work HQ, thank you.

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Peter Deakin - Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

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ASTP has excellent courses to immerse yourself into the world of tech transfer.

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Qing Cai - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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It was great to experience the uncomplicated and fruitful exchange with colleagues from all over Europe, as well as the positive professional spirit of this conference.

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ASTP Annual conference is a unique opportunity to take time to exchange best practices among TT professionals and to network at an EU level.

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Cécile Cavalade - ULB TTO, Belgium

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This is a wonderful conference to expand the horizon of my knowledge of tech transfer and commercialisation.

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Seung-Ho Lee - Deltatech-Korea, South Korea

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Three days of learning and networking in Dublin at ASTP annual conference. What a great event!!

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Sandra Aresta - CIBIO - Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Portugal

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Excellent professional gathering, perfect collection of topics and very up-to-date insight.

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Ludovic Urgeghe - University of Mons, Belgium

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Great networking, new knowledge and inspiration!

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Jonas Rimbäck - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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ASTP's conference helped us to network with decision-makers in the technology transfer industry and provides a great platform to discuss future innovation in this sector.

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Christopher Römer - Inventtory, Germany

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There was ample opportunity to learn from colleagues through the workshop sessions or more formally through speakers either sharing their years of experience or their state of the art research. Well worth attending.

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