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Second meeting of the Knowledge Transfer Stakeholder Forum

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 9.15 - 16.30 hrs, DLA Piper, Brussels, Belgium

The event's objective was discussing and validating draft recommendations for actions to strengthen partnerships between academia and business by developing networks and platforms fostering co-operation between KTOs. The aim was to find consensus among the forum members about priorities and measures to be taken. A related discussion paper was meant to lead to an informal roadmap towards stronger KTO co-operation and KT networks in Europe as an output of the IU21KT Study.




Second meeting of the knowledge transfer stakeholder forum [PDF, 467 KB]







09.15 - 10:00

Welcome and introduction

  • Julie de Bruyn, DLA Piper: current status of the IU21KT Study
  • Kirsi Haavisto, Acting Head of Unit, B.1 “Innovation Union policy”, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation: the Commission’s policy objectives about KT and KTOs


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10:00 – 10.45

Proposed overall priorities

Towards a roadmap for stronger KT networks and KTO co-operation

  • Stefan Lilischkis, Senior Consultant, empirica GmbH, Germany


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10:45 - 11:00

Coffee and tea break

11:00 – 11.45

Open innovation and co-creation

Opening up for innovation – what universities, enterprises and policy makers could do

  • Frank Salzgeber, Head, Technology Transfer programme, European Space Agency / Member of Board of Directors, European Business Network (EBN)




11:45 - 12:30

KTO co-operation

How stronger KTOs could support weaker ones – in West and East
  • Špela Stres, Head, Technology Transfer and Innovation Centre (CTT), Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia




12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break



13:30 - 15:00

Access to KT resources

Developing KT skills on international and national level
  • Michel Morant, Liaison Entreprises-Universités (LIEU) / Vice President, ASTP-ProTon (national associations), Belgium

Smart KT finance

  • Sara Secall, Inveready Technology Investment Group (Spain)



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15:00 - 15:15

Coffee and tea break


15:15 - 16:25

Panel discussion

Policy recommendations for stronger KT networks and KTO co-operation: reaching a consensus?
  • A view from a knowledge transfer association: Bruno Woeran, President Elect, Technology Innovation International (TII)
  • A view from knowledge transfer services: Gillian McFadzean, Senior Consultant, Helix Advisory Services Ltd / previously: Director, Research & Enterprise, Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom)
  • A view from university research: Lidia Borrell-Damián, European University Association
  • A view from finance: Sara Secall, Director, Inveready Biotech II, Inveready Technology Investment Group (Spain)
  • A view from industry: Maria Tavares, Innovation Project Manager, DSM Nutritional Products (Switzerland)
General discussion


 16:25 - 16:30


  • Tuomas Nousianen, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation




Moderation: Stefan Lilischkis, empirica, Bonn (Germany)