ASTP-Proton training opened up a whole new network of people I can call on

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The mission statement of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) states: “RTTP status recognises the accomplishments, roles, skills, knowledge, and deal-making expertise of technology transfer professionals.” This is just one example of the advantages you gain when you take part in ASTP-Proton training courses.

This September we are have organised three great training courses in The Hague: Fundamentals of Technology Transfer, Organising your KTO for Growth and Success and Research and Development Collaboration, open to anyone wishing to further their career in technology transfer. To find out the value of ASTP-Proton training we chatted to recent graduate, Tom Withnell.

Tom has been a Technology Transfer Manager at the University of Vienna for just under two and half years. A Cambridge University-educated engineer with experience in project management, Tom is one of the hundreds of TTO managers converging on the field from many different disciplines and is a great example of how there is no direct route to running a TTO. His decision to take advantage of these professional development opportunities is a clear illustration of how you can strengthen your skills set while expanding your professional networks.

Tom visited Portugal in January 2016 and took part in the Software Specific Challenges in Technology Transfer course which, like our forthcoming courses, was clustered with two other courses.

“I had attended the annual conference in the past, so I knew a number of people, but the training days offered much more than just learning. The networking opportunities were excellent. All attendees of all the courses met in the breaks and the evenings, allowing us to discuss our own situations in relation to the training, meet new people and find out about their work. The networking is very valuable in terms of deepening your understanding of the learning that’s taking place and getting to know people from across Europe who you can reach-out to when a new situation or opportunity comes up in your office”

Tom continued,

“The interesting thing about Technology Transfer is that there is no direct route to being a TTO; once you are in an office you have to demonstrate an understanding of multitude of subjects and quickly pick-up many new things. Your skills need to be highly transferable, so having an international support network is really important.”

The latest batch of ASTP-Proton courses is taking place in the Hague, the Netherlands 20-22 September and will include: Fundamentals of Technology Transfer, Organising your KTO for Growth and Success and Research and Development Collaboration. The Software Specific Challenges in Technology Transfer, in which Tom participated will be part of the January courses taking places in Sitges, Spain.

As we all know, the best recommendations come via word of mouth, and this year, Tom’s newest colleague will be joining the Fundamentals of Technology Transfer course in September.

Have you a story to tell about joining an ASTP-Proton event? Let us know: noeleen.ohara@astp-proton.eu

 

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