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Expert Workshop

Knowledge transfer at Universities and Public Research Institutions in
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia: the road ahead

25 April 2012, 9.15 – 16.15 hrs
Czech Industrial Property Office, Prague, Czech Republic


The contribution of universities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia to economic development is increasingly recognised. However, there are severe challenges for all stakeholders involved in knowledge transfer: Companies need to become more involved in collaborative research and accept best practice in intellectual property management if they are to benefit from university research solutions. Agencies funding research and innovation need to adopt a more coherent approach to knowledge transfer management. Universities need to manage their expectations regarding the generation of income through knowledge transfer, while at the same time maximising its impact. There needs to be a longer term commitment to the funding of knowledge transfer offices and to increasing the status of the knowledge transfer profession. This workshop was intended to discuss challenges of knowledge transfer, good practices, and ways towards more systematic approaches.


This workshop took place in the framework of the European Commission's 2008 Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and Code of Practice for universities and public research organisations (http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/pdf/ip_recommendation_en.pdf). The event was part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012. It was organised in co-operation with Technology Centre ASCR and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Target groups

The workshop convened stakeholders active in knowledge transfer, in particular from universities, public research organisations, knowledge transfer agencies, policy and business. Attendance was on invitation only.


For questions please contact Stefan Lilischkis at empirica in Bonn, the company which organized the event, stefan.lilischkis(at)empirica(dot)com, +49 (0)228 98530-35.


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09.15 – 09.45

Welcome and introduction

  • Naděžda Witzanyová, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • Eva Schneiderová, Czech Industrial Property Office
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  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission
09.45 – 10.45

Country profiles

Knowledge transfer at universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practice and challenges
Slovakia: Ján Turňa, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information    
Hungary: Gábor Németh, Hungarian Intellectual Property Office    
11.00 – 12.00 Slovenia: Dr. Špela Stres, Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Centre CTT - Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia) pdf icon Download [1.15 MB]
Czech Republic: Michal Pazour, Head of Strategic Studies Department, Technology Centre ASCR (Prague, Czech Republic)    
13.00 – 14.30

Case studies

Knowledge transfer and IP management at the Kennispark Twente
  • Kees Eijkel, Kennispark Twente
How to manage the “cultural clash” between science and business in knowledge transfer
  • Jan Šedivý, Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University
14.45 – 16.00

Panel discussion:

Fostering IP management in public research – policy implications
  • A university’s view: Attila Varga, Head of Technology Transfer Office, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary)
  • A research organisation’s view: Špela Stres, Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Centre CTT - Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • A technology development view: RNDr. Arpad Nagy, Director, Institute of Technology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • A governmental policy view: Jan Buriánek, Legal Officer, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Prague, Czech Republic)
16.00 – 16.15


  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission, DG RTD

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