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Expert workshop

Knowledge Transfer from Universities and Public Research
Organisations: on the road to strategy

8 March 2011, 9.00 – 16.15 hrs
Federal Ministry for Science and Research
Minoritenplatz 5, 1014 Vienna, Austria


While universities and public research organisations in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein increasingly acknowledge the importance of knowledge transfer to business, comprehensive approaches are still rare. Concepts for joint research with industry, intellectual property management, and university spin-offs are often fragmentary; knowledge transfer personnel is not rarely untrained and inexperienced. This workshop discussed known barriers and emerging challenge of knowledge transfer, good practices from other countries, 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_de.pdf). The event was part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012. 

Target groups

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


For questions please contact
Dr. Stefan Lilischkis,
+49 (0)228 98530-35, or – for participants from Switzerland –
Franz Barjak, FHNW,
+41 (0)62 2877825.


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09:00 – 09:45

Welcome and introduction

09:45 – 11:15

Knowledge transfer and intellectual property protection in the Germanspeaking Alpine countries: current subjects and strategic approaches


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Stelzer Vizerektor für Forschung und Technologie Technische Universität Graz


Prof. Dr. Beat Hotz-Hart Universität Zürich


Prof. Dr. Christian Marxt Universität Liechtenstein

11:15 – 12:00

Case studies: Knowledge transfer in practice

Exploitation and dissemination of intellectual property from the ETH Zurich: strengths and challenges

Dr. Silke Meyns, ETH transfer, Leiterin Patente und Lizenzen
13:00 – 15:00

Strategic approaches in knowledge transfer - the road ahead
(parallel working groups)

WG 1: Strategy developments towards systematic knowledge transfer at Austrian universities

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Georg Buchtela, Austria Wirtschaftsservice / impulse
Prof. Tilmann Märk (VR Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck)
WG 2: Strategies and services in knowledge transfer: challenges for national coordination and promotion

Andreas Reuter, Leiter F&E-Förderung und WTT Förderagentur für Innovation KTI
WG 3: Strengthening women in knowledge transfer: current situation and solution approaches

Corinna Wilken, Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna
15:30 – 16:00

Summaries of the results of the parallel working groups

16:00 – 16:15


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