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Expert workshop

Knowledge Transfer from Universities and
Public Research Organisations in Benelux: the road ahead

10 May 2011, 9.30 – 16.15 hrs
United Nations University, MERIT
Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, Netherlands


While policy makers as well as universities and public research organisations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg increasingly acknowledge the importance of knowledge transfer, comprehensive approaches are still rare. Concepts for joint research with industry, intellectual property management, and university spin-offs are often fragmentary; knowledge transfer personnel are not rarely untrained and inexperienced. This workshop is to discuss known barriers and emerging challenges of knowledge transfer, facilitating practices from other countries, and ways towards more systematic approaches. 


This workshop supports the implementation 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 is part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012. 

Target groups

The workshop convenes stakeholders active in knowledge transfer, in particular from universities, public research organisations, knowledge transfer agencies, policy and industry. Attendance is on invitation only. Please kindly note that costs for accommodation and travel can only be reimbursed to invited speakers, subject to prior agreement with empirica Communication and Technology Research (coordinator).


For questions please contact
Dr. Stefan Lilischkis,


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09:30 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction

Audrey Goosen, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation: the EC Recommendation and Code of Practice on Knowledge Transfer
10:15 – 10:45

Country Profiles

Knowledge transfer at Benelux universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practices and challenges

Prof. Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Vice Dean (Brussels, Belgium)

11:00 - 12:00 Luxembourg

Dr. Frederic Melchior, Project Manager Technology Transfer, Luxinnovation (Luxembourg)

The Netherlands

Ermo Daniëls, Policy Advisor Research & Innovation, Maastricht University Office (Maastricht, Netherlands)

13:00 – 14:15

Case studies

Dr. Lorenz Kaiser, Fraunhofer Society, Division Director for legal and contractual affairs (Munich, Germany)
Marian Suelmann, Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V., Head of
Legal Department (De Lier, Netherlands)
14:30 – 15:45

Panel discussion: professionalising knowledge transfer from universities and public research organisations in Benelux – the road ahead

15:45 – 16:00



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