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First meeting of the Knowledge transfer Stakeholder Forum

13 February 2014, DLA Piper, Brussels, Belgium

This workshop took place in the framework of a study about support to the development and implementation of Innovation Union commitment 21 on knowledge transfer. The Innovation Union is a flagship initiative of the European Union. The study and the workshop are carried out on behalf of the European Commission, General Directorate Research and Innovation. The event's objective was discussing and validating the study's first findings on KTO co-operation as well as preparing the development of a roadmap towards stronger KTOs and KT networks in Europe. The IU21KT study draws from findings of a survey of 100 European KTOs as well as expert interviews and literature evaluation.




First meeting of the knowledge transfer stakeholder forum [PDF, 434 KB].







09.15 - 10:00

Welcome and introduction

The Commission’s policy objectives about KT and KTOs – fostering open
innovation, co-creation and ecosystems
  • Peter Dröll, Acting Director, Directorate B “Innovation Union and European Research Area”, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation:
  • Tour de table: brief statement from each Stakeholder Forum Member
Brief questions and answers
10:00 – 10.45


The way forward to strengthening KTOs and enhancing KT in Europe

  • Sara Matt-Leubner, President, ASTP-ProTon


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10:45 - 11:00

Coffee and tea break

11:00 – 12.15

Theme: KTO co-operation

KTO co-operation and suggested policy measures: survey findings

  • Stefan Lilischkis, Senior Consultant, empirica GmbH (Germany)

Enterprise Innovation Community - large KTOs support smaller ones

  • Stephen Caddick, League of European Research Universities (LERU) (United Kingdom)




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12:15 - 13:15

Lunch break


Theme: KT networks

The Innovation Commons – crowd wisdom, sourcing and funding for KT
  • Brian McCaul, Net Worth Ltd (United Kingdom)
From KT to co-creation: the Demola network
  • Ville Kairamo, Head of Demola Network, Demola Tampere (Finland)





 14:30 - 14:45

Coffee and tea break

 14:45 - 16:00

Theme: KT finance

KTO co-operation with venture capitalists – how to design effectively?
  • James Burnham, Communications and Public Affairs Consultant (UK)
The Global Technology Portal – enhancing investment opportunities?
  • Lisa Matragrano, Marketing Manager, Office of Technology Transfer, Emory
University (Atlanta, US) / Association of University Technology Managers
(US) (via real-time video)




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 16:00 - 16:25

Electronic voting

Priority policy measures to strengthen KTOs and KT networks in Europe
  • Stefan Lilischkis, empirica GmbH: towards an action plan for enhanced KTO co-operation and KT networks in Europe


 16:25 - 16:30


  • Tuomas Nousianen, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation


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Moderation: Stefan Lilischkis, empirica, Bonn (Germany)