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Expert Workshop

Knowledge Transfer from Universities and Public Research Organisations:
How Make the Poor Cousin Everybody’s Darling?

10 February 2011, 9.30 – 16.15 hrs
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Garden Building
Hannoversche Straße 28-30, 10115 Berlin, Germany


While German universities and public research organisations 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 often untrained and inexperienced. This workshop discussed the current state of knowledge transfer in Germany, known barriers and emerging challenges, good practices from other countries, and ways towards more systematic approaches.


This workshop was a key event related to the policies in 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.
Findings from ongoing surveys in the framework of the Knowledge Transfer Study were presented in order to provide the participants with up-to-date information of knowledge transfer practice, barriers and policies in Germany and Europe.

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
Stefan Lilischkis
+49 (0)228 98530-35


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09:30 – 10:00

Welcome and introduction

MinR Klaus Uckel, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Patrick McCutcheon, Europäische Kommission, Generaldirektorat
Forschung und Innovation: die Empfehlung der Europäischen Kommission und der Praxiskodex zum Wissenstransfer und zum Schutz geistigen
10:00 – 11:00

Study findings

Wissenstransfer aus deutschen Hochschulen und öffentlichen Forschungseinrichtungen: ein problemorientierter Überblick

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind, TU Berlin / Leiter der Geschäftsstelle der Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI)

11:00 – 12:00

Case studies: Knowledge transfer in practice

Wissenstransfer an der TU München: Stärken und Herausforderungen

Dr. Alexander Papaderos, TU München, Leitung des Patent- und Lizenzbüros

Wissenstransfer in Österreich: Erfahrungen, Perspektiven und politische Aktivitäten

Dr. Daniel Herzog, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Wien / Sascha Saxinger, Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung

13:00 – 15:00

Improving knowledge transfer – the road ahead
(parallel working groups)

  • WG 1: Strategy development for systematic knowledge transfer
  • WG 2: Exploitation and dissemination of intellectual property in European research projects
  • WG 3: Model contracts to promote IP protection
15:30 – 16:00

Summaries of the results of the parallel working groups

16:00 – 16.15


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