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Brussels (BE) - 11/04/13

JRC – Universities: How to increase the contribution of Universities to Science and Innovation

 

European universities are performing leading-edge science and delivering first-class education curricula. This is reinforced by strong basic research achievements. Applied research is also of crucial importance, since research results with potential commercial impact attract business interest and funding to the universities. European business needs innovation to fuel its competitiveness and growth. To reconcile the interest of the universities with the needs of business it is necessary to bring innovation and new products to the market. In today's economic climate such growth-boosting strategies are vital for the European economy.

A number of challenges have to be overcome to achieve this. In order to harness the European knowledge base, the fragmentation of the public science and research landscape in Europe has to be tackled. The disparities between European universities in terms of technology transfer rates have to be addressed. The links between the universities and SMEs and industry have to be strengthened. Appropriate use of intellectual property should be combined with creating a local innovation friendly-environment.

One way to achieve this is through technology commercialisation. This is the process of transferring technologies, new methods of manufacturing or new materials amongst universities and businesses to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit the technology into new products, processes, applications or services. This is a difficult process but if successful, it can produce high dividends for both society and the universities.

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) recently set up a network of technology transfer offices belonging to Europe's large public research organisations, to test new methods of cooperation (TTO CIRCLE). The JRC, in its role as a scientific and technical facilitator between civil society and European policy makers, now wishes to widen the debate to universities to pave the way towards a more innovative and competitive Union.

The objective of the Round Table is to identify good practice and future challenges in linking universities and businesses through innovation and technology transfer. The event will take stock of proven strategies and functioning models to bring science from the universities to the market and will look into an effective roadmap for the universities to follow.

Participants from academia, business associations and policy-making bodies will debate how to strengthen the collaboration amongst universities and the links between academia and industry, especially with SMEs. Conclusions will be drawn on how to support European universities as successful innovators.

Agenda

Download the Agenda in PDF (Latest version: 05/04/2013)

Presentations

SESSION I. CREATING CONDITIONS TO STIMULATE SCIENCE AND INNOVATION: GETTING THE ENVIRONMENT RIGHT

SESSION II. HEARING THE VOICE OF FUTURE NEEDS OF THE BUSINESS

SESSION III. WORKING TOGETHER: THE WAY FORWARD WITH A MODEL OF SCIENCE PARKS

Practical Information

Date of conference: Thursday, 11 April 2013, 09.30 – 16.30

Venue: Walter Hallstein room, Berlaymont building, 1st floor, rue de la Loi, 200 - 1040 Bruxelles

How to reach the venue?

Map from Metro Schuman to Berlaymon building

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  • By Metro: Metro Station "Schuman" Line 1 or 5 – exit indicating "Berlaymont and Charlemagne"
  • From the airport: Bus No.12 - Direction "Brussels City”, get off at Bus Stop "Rond-point Schuman".
  • Train: Take the train towards Brussels, get off at "Central Station", then take the metro, line 1 or 5, get off at "Schuman" - exit indicating "Berlaymont and Charlemagne" For more information on timetables and transport please check: www.stib.be

Access to the building: For security reasons access to Berlaymont building will be controlled. Please bring your passport or identity card.

Welcome/Registration Desk: The Welcome desk will be open on 11 April 2013 from 08h45 to 16h00. The registration desk is located at entrance of the building.

Fees: There are no registration fees for this conference but you are required to register.

Travel and hotel accommodation: Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and hotel accommodation. The European Commission will not reimburse these expenses.

Information on accommodation in Brussels can be found on one of the following websites:

Lunch: On 11 April, the European Commission invites all participants to a working lunch at the venue.

For more information, please contact Milena Raykovska – tel +32 299 2512 – e-mail : milena.raykovska@ec.europa.eu

For registration, please contact: Joelle Weintraub – tel: +32 2998 871964987 – e-mail: joelle.weintraub@ec.europa.eu