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Directors' Forum: Managing expectations - university management

Join us in Malta for the second Directors' Forum meeting: Managing the expectations of university management and best practices in management and governance of a KTO.

Following the success of the first Directors' Forum in Antwerp 2023, this 2-day event offers another opportunity to meet your peers, exchange ideas and network in an informal setting. This second event will focus on your experiences of managing a KTO and the challenges of managing the expectations of the university's management.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • What mandate should the KTO have?
  • What governance should there be for a KTO?
  • What policies are needed for research and innovation?

The Directors' Forum is an exclusive event, organised by the nominative Special Interest Group and is open to current and former Directors of a Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) and their senior management and governance. 

You do not need to be an ASTP member to attend. If you are an ASTP member, you can join the Directors' Forum SIG here

      • Programme
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      • Tue 05 March 2024

        • 13:30 - 14:00    Bus transfer

          There will be a bus avaialble to take you from the Hotel to the Site Visit location. Meet us at the lobby of the Cavalieri Hotel.

        • 14:00 - 16:00    Site Visit: Sustainable Living Complex, University of Malta

          Get a full tour of the Complex, which includes technologies related to solar power, heating, ventilation, and water management facilities. The technology will include sensors that will help researchers understand how they are used in the real world with the aim that the complex will be a living, breathing laboratory.

        • 16:00 - 17:00    In Conversation With: Anton Bartolo, Director for Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Malta

          In this session, Anton will share his experience of setting up a small KTO for the first time at a university in a small country with little industry partners and few investors, and how engaged the consulting arm of Oxford University to learn and establish best practices.

        • 17:00 - 17:30    Transfer back to hotel

        • 19:00 - 22:30    Welcome reception and networking dinner

          Don’t miss the opportunity to meet your peers for dinner and networking.

      • Wed 06 March 2024

        • 09:00 - 09:30    Welcome coffee

          Kick off the morning with welcome coffee and networking in Babylon Suite (7th floor) with scenic views of St Julian's Bay. 

        • 09:30 - 10:30    Hot topics - Rapid fire roundtable

          Facilitator: Tom Flanagan, Director for Enterprise and Commercialisation, University College Dublin

          To get our juices flowing, this is an opportunity for each of us to bring one or two questions about leading a KTO into the future that we would like to get advice from the group on. No presentations, no long-winded answers just quick useful insights and advice from fellow experts.

        • 10:30 - 11:00    Coffee Break

        • 11:00 - 12:00    Managing the expectations of university management

          Keynote: Silvia Lenaerts, Rector Magnificus, Eindhoven University of Technology, former Vice Rector of Valorisation & Development of the University of Antwerp

          Facilitator: Karen Laigaard, Head of Technology Transfer at Technology Transfer Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen

        • 12:00 - 13:00    Discussion session

        • 13:00 - 14:00    Lunch

        • 14:00 - 15:30    Best practices: management and governance of a KTO

          Topics on the agenda:

          • What should be the mandate of a KTO ?
          • What are the range of activities?
          • What decision making rests with the KTO?
          • What should the governance for a KTO be?
          • What policies are needed for research and innovation?
          • Which policies should be owned by the KTO and which policies owned by others?
        • 15:30 - 16:00    Coffee Break

        • 16:00 - 17:00    Wrap up roundtable discussion

          • What are the contentious issues that need to be addressed by each of the policies?
          • Key insights from the day, tips on running a KTO successfully.
        • 17:00 - 17:30    Closing reception



      Venue - Cavalieri Art Hotel

      Spinola Road, St Julian's STJ 3182, Malta

      The Directors’ Forum will be held at the Cavalieri Art Hotel.
      Address: Spinola Road St. Julian's  STJ 3019, Malta

      Room rates
      • Single Deluxe Marina room on BB basis   – €65 per room per night.
      • Single Deluxe Seaview room on BB basis – €80 per room per night

      For reservation, kindly email Ms. Bernice Bugeja bbugeja@cavalierihotel.com directly and quote “ASTP” in the subject.
      The room will be on first come first serve basis.

      Other hotels in the vicinity. 
      1. Hotel Argento Malta (500m from Cavalieri Art Hotel)
      2. Mercure St. Julian's Malta (550m from Cavalieri Art Hotel)

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