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This course focuses on the different (physical and virtual) varieties, different forms, different functions and different models of Ecosystem and campuses, using, showing and explaining different best practices and different models that can be chosen.

This course is designed to provide a better understanding of the campus and Ecosystem around your university / research institute and the roles and responsibilities of the KTO / TTO in this context. This course could be defined as understanding the network structure of which you are part, the way you can actively build, develop, maintain and use the community and network / Ecosystem around you, the different roles and actions that you can / might / should have in the network and what you can learn and re-use from the many different types of best practices, varieties in structure, form, governance and (physical) appearances.

It is a very practical course that will build from limited knowledge and will be immediately applicable and useful in your business.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the strategic importance of the Ecosystem on the campus on which your university / institute operates and it will be (help) define a Ecosystem and campus strategy for your university.
  • Understand what makes a campus a campus and how to actively build, maintain and use your Ecosystem, networks and communities which exist there.
  • Speak the language and understand the terminology of Ecosystem Development, be confident to ask effective questions and have discussions with policy makers, university board members, regional stakeholders, politicians and others involved.

Course Topics

  • Ecosystem Development
  • Science Park and Research and Development Campus Development
  • Open Innovation Community
  • KTO/TTO Role in Campus and or Ecosystem Development
  • Programme
  • Speakers


  • Wed 24 November 2021

    • 09:00 - 09:30    Course introduction

      Meet the course team and your fellow participants.

    • 09:30 - 10:30    Core tasks of a university KTO / TTO in the university ecosystem

      Setting the Scene for a University KTO / TTO: core tasks and roles, in addition/ complementary to campus and Ecosystem development roles.

      What is an ecosystem; What is a campus? Public Private Partnerships; Triple / Quadruple Helix Partnerships. Shared facilities; co-creation; collaboration; community; network; building and setting up the ecosystem in many varieties, forms, entities, models and structures.

    • 10:30 - 11:15    Group Discussion

      Sharing your own experiences, present your own case

    • 11:15 - 11:30    Coffee Break

      Stretch your legs, grab a coffee and clear you head for the next session.

    • 11:30 - 12:30    Vibrant ecosystems and the rise of campuses and science parks

      Open and shared innovation is a winning strategy for technology driven companies. Vibrant ecosystems make these open innovation strategies possible and campuses/science parks are successful physical environments to accelerate the interaction between on the one hand start-ups, midsize and large companies and on the other hand researchers of universities and tech institutes. Topics:

      • What are the differences between open innovation, an ecosystem or cluster and a campus/science park?

      • What are the success factors of a campus/science park?

      • How to market a campus/science park?

      Rene Buck

    • 12:30 - 13:30    Lunch

    • 13:30 - 14:30    Building the regional agenda in Public Private Partnership

      Based on two different cases and best practices we will discuss the development of a Strategic Regional Agenda.

      Two cases / two different models of ecosystem and campus development

      • The Brightlands Concept, Limburg, Netherlands
      • The Brainport Regional Strategy, Eindhoven, Netherlands

    • 14:30 - 14:45    Coffee Break

    • 14:45 - 15:45    Finding and building Strategic Partnerships

      This session will help you understand the value of strategic partnerships and how to align these with the internal strategy of your institution.

      You shall explore: public private partnerships and alliances, VIP networks, fundraising, the importance of a strategic agenda, and collaborative road mapping.

    • 15:45 - 16:00    Coffee Break

    • 16:00 - 17:00    Case 1: Wageningen University and Research Campus

      Wageningen University and Research’s (WUR) mission is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”.

      WUR’s goals are to develop knowledge in collaboration with partners and to foster active dissemination of knowledge in society. The Wageningen ECO System, community and network, but also the WUR Campus plays an important role in its collaboration with third parties, industries, governments and NGO’s, national and internationally.

      Sebastiaan Berendse

  • Thu 25 November 2021

    • 09:00 - 10:00    Case 2: Kilometro Rosso, Italy

      Kilometro Rosso Science and Technology Park in Bergamo Italy, is a hub of knowledge, innovation and high technology: an engaging environment for innovation-driven companies and for scientific and R&D centers focusing on advanced technologies.

      Roberto Marelli

    • 10:00 - 11:00    Case 3: Grenoble Ecosystem and MINATEC Innovation Campus

      The MINATEC innovation campus is home to 3,000 researchers, 1,200 students and 600 business and technology transfer experts on a 20-hectare state-of-the-art campus with 13,000 m² of clean room space. An international hub for micro and nanotechnology research, the MINATEC campus is unlike any other R&D facility in Europe. One of its main players is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: defence and security, low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), technological research for industry and fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

      Jean-Charles Guibert

    • 11:00 - 11:15    Coffee Break

    • 11:15 - 12:15    Case 4: SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust

      The journey to develop SnT’s Ecosystem and Community

      Since 2009, SnT has undergone a rapid growth and is today recognised as the leader in research and innovation in ICT in Luxembourg. During this session we will explore how the innovation sector in Luxembourg has changed since the year 2000, how SnT has been build and how SnT interacts with the ecosystem.

      Carlo Duprel

    • 12:15 - 13:00    Group Discussion – part 2

      Share your experiences, present your own case.

    • 13:00 - 13:45    Lunch

    • 13:45 - 14:45    The Growth of the Oxford Innovation Ecosystem: The University of Oxford, where we were and where we are today

      The University of Oxford is an ancient and traditional university with many world leading departments and world famous academic leaders. How has this been both a barrier and an advantage to growth? Learn how we work with our strategic partners to continue to grow and how we have embedded the lessons learnt from the pandemic work on the Ox-AZ vaccine.

      Deborah Spencer

    • 14:45 - 15:45    Case 6: BioM InQlab - a virtual incubator for the future of medicine

      Since 1997, BioM is the central network organisation for the biotechnology sector in Munich and Bavaria, commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. Approximately 270 biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies are present in the metropolitan area of Munich. The core competence of the region is the development of innovative therapeutics and diagnostics, in particular for personalised healthcare.

      As a non-profit organisation, BioM offers specialised services to the biotech community and acts as a centralised access point to connect Bavarian life science companies with relevant national and international partners. With its virtual incubator InQlab, BioM has developed a unique and tailor-made support programme for budding entrepreneurs and start-ups at every stage of establishing their business.

      Petra Burgstaller

    • 15:45 - 16:00    Coffee Break

    • 16:00 - 17:00    Case 7: Eindhoven High Tech Campus

      Development of an Open Innovation Campus from an Industry Perspective. Transforming the “closed” research and development facilities and laboratories from Philips into an Open Innovation ECO System and further development into a High Tech Campus, the smartest square kilometer of Europe.

      Cees Admiraal

  • Fri 26 November 2021

    • 09:00 - 10:00    Case 8: ETH Zurich campus and ecosystem

      The Ecosystem and Spin Off Network of ETH Zurich

      ETH Zurich’s core mis­sions are teach­ing, re­search, and the trans­fer of know­ledge to busi­ness and so­ci­ety. Mod­ern and flex­ible in­fra­struc­ture is a key factor and pre­requis­ite for in­ter­na­tional ex­cel­lence. ETH Zurich has a longlasting tradition and experience in High Tech Startup & Spin Off Development.

      Marjan Kraak

    • 10:00 - 11:00    How can the European Commission facilitate and help?

      Public incentives play an important role in developing innovation actors and fostering innovation ecosystems. The European Innovation Council has been created with the objective to support game changing innovations throughout the lifecycle from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs. It aims to be an important part of the European innovation ecosystem.

      Veronica Beneitez-Pinero 

    • 11:00 - 11:15    Coffee Break

    • 11:15 - 12:15    How to build a strong long lasting ecosystem for your university

      Ecosystems have become critically important constructs and instruments in fostering technology transfer. During this course we reflect upon the characteristics of successful ecosystems and the strategies universities can deploy to become effective ecosystem actors. Case insights and empirical research results will underpin the critical success factors that will be highlighted.

      Koenraad Debackere

    • 12:15 - 12:30    Coffee Break

    • 12:30 - 13:30    Wrap Up, Take Aways, Key Learning Points and Course Evaluation


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