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Western Balkans Expert Workshop

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

13 June 2012, 9 - 17 hrs
Hotel Tirana International, Tirana, Albania


The contribution of universities and public research organisations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to economic development is not yet fully recognised, and knowledge transfer is just beginning to gain importance: Universities need to develop concepts for joint research with industry, intellectual property management, and university spin-offs. Research personnel and students need to be trained in knowledge transfer issues. Companies need to become more involved in collaborative research. Agencies funding research and innovation need to spend more attention to knowledge transfer. This workshop was intended to discuss the status and challenges of knowledge transfer as well as good practices which are visible.


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 (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.

Target groups

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


Please address questions to Stefan Lilischkis at empirica in Bonn, the company organising the event,
stefan.lilischkis(at)empirica(dot)com, +49 (0)228 98530-35.


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Joint session with WBC-INCO.net project

  Steering Platform on Research for WBC
  • Speakers of the Knowledge Transfer Study workshop in the afternoon can participate as observers.
09.15 - 12:45  
  • Synergy between EU R&I programme(s) and other instruments
  • Good practice measures to increase innovation capacities in Western Balkan Countries
  • Concluding remakrs

Knowledge Transfer Study workshop

13.45 – 14.00

Opening address

  • Anca-Ariadna Cucu, DG Research and Innovation
14.15 – 16.00

Country profiles

Knowledge transfer and IP management at universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practice and challenges
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Sabina Silajdzic, University of Sarajevo
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  • FYR of Macedonia: Prof. Ljubomir Kekenowski, Ministry of Education and Science
  • Montenegro: Milica Petrovic, Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro
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  • Serbia: Prof. Djuro Kutlaca, "Mihajlo Pupin" Institute, Science and Technology Policy Research Centre
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  • Albania: Dr. Safet Sula, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy
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16.15 – 16.55

Knowledge transfer development support

Developing knowledge transfer and IP management in Western Balkan countries: the way forward
  • Dr. Bene Tamás, University of Debrecen Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office
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16.55 – 17.00


  • Dr. Stefan Lilischkis, empirica GmbH