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Baltic Expert Workshop

Knowledge Transfer from Universities and Public Research Institutes:
Strategic Approaches for Intellectual Property Management

6 September 2011, 9.30 – 16.30 hrs
Radisson BLU Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia


The contribution of universities and public research organisations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 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 good practice in intellectual property management if they are to benefit from public research solutions. Agencies funding research and innovation need to adopt a more coherent approach. Universities need to manage their expectations regarding income generation through knowledge transfer, while 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 discussed challenges of knowledge transfer, good practices, and ways towards more systematic approaches.


This workshop supported 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 ( ). The event was part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012.

Target groups

The workshop convened stakeholders in knowledge transfer, in particular from universities, public research organisations, governmental organisations and business. Attendance was free of charge and by personal invitation.


For questions please contact
Dr. Stefan Lilischkis,


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Joint sessions with Baltic Dynamics conference

09:30 - 10:00

Workshop summaries

  • Jane Davies, Chief Executive, Manchester Science Park: Company internationalisation and „soft landing" services
  • Yrjö Ojasaar, Solon Partners: Business angelship, seed and venture capital attraction
10:00 - 11:10

Entrepreneurial universities


Will Cardwell, Center for Entrepreneurship, Aalto University: Building entrepreneurial universities: the case of Aalto University


Aivar Pere, Tartu University / Tiit Urva, Tartu Science Park: Demand-based opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer: University of Tartu and Tartu Science Park


Dr. Therese Sjölundh, Jönköping Science Park: It's easier to create the future than to predict it - support system creating 100 start-ups yearly


Franz Dietrich, inwent: Capacity building for the development of university related technology business incubators in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

Separate sessions of the Knowledge Transfer Study workshop

11:30 – 12:00

Welcome and introduction

  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation: the EC Recommendation and Code of Practice on Knowledge Transfer
12:00 – 12:30

Case study

The role of commercialisation agencies in fostering valorisation of research results: the case of Commercial Edge
  • Andy Todd, Director, Commercial Catalyst
12:30 - 14:00

Country profiles

Knowledge transfer and IP management at universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practice and challenges

Dr. Violeta Kauneliene, Head of Innovation Centre at Kaunas University of Technology


Prof. Aleksei Kelli, Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Tartu

15:00 - 16:15

Panel discussion

Professionalising knowledge transfer and IP management in Baltic states: policy implications

A university's view: Marko Piirsoo, Head, Research Administration Office, Tallinn University of Technology


A public research organisation's view: Prof. Ivars Kalvins, Director, Institute of Organic Synthesis


A business view: Gaile Sakalaite, Lawyer, Science and Technology Park "Sunrise Valley"


A governmental view: Dr Indrek Reimand, Head of Research Policy Department, Ministry of Education and Research

16:00 – 16:15


  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

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