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Upcoming Partner Events


2-5 September | Isfahan, Iran

35th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

The IASP 2018 World Conference in Isfahan, with the theme of “Towards sustainable cities and communities: fostering innovation ecosystems” will explore the role of STPs (Science and Technology Parks) and AOIs (Areas of Innovation) in the formation of the innovation ecosystem and the sustainable development of cities. The conference will bring together experts from STPs and other AOIs, technology-based incubators, academia, the public sector and business to discuss and debate in depth the latest industry trends.

In September 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global action and investment for sustainable development over the next 15 years, one of which focuses on Sustainable Cities and Communities. Collaboration between different actors and exchange of knowledge between countries are crucial for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda: as typical triple helix organisations, STPs and AOIs can play a central role in the process, supporting the orientation of their cities towards the knowledge economy and promoting sustainable development.


23-24 April 2018 | Munich, Germany
BioVaria 2018 – Europe’s Next Top Technologies

On the lookout for breakthrough life-science innovations? Then BioVaria 2018 is for you!
This unique event brings together innovators from universities, research institutes and startups across Europe with investors and the global bio-pharmaceutical industry.

BioVaria brings together European research institutions across national borders in order to improve the transfer of their research results into application. Europe’s most established technology transfer organizations join to present their most promising projects from academia to decision makers from international industry. BioVaria is a pan-European showcasing event, that:

  • gathers Europe’s top scientists, technology transfer professionals, investors and industry representatives
  • features an unprecedented density of commercially attractive, licensable life-sciences projects emanating from publicly-funded research across Europe
  • covers potential diagnostics and therapeutics for major human diseases as well as platform technologies
  • presents selected startups in an interactive panel format
  • combines 10-min pitches with poster exhibitions
  • provides ample opportunity to network face-to-face with conference attendees to share and discuss inventions
  • is jointly organized by a broad range of technology transfer organizations.

Are you the CEO/ Founder of a European life-science start up?  BioVaria is offering you the opportunity to win up to 3,000 euros. Find out how here.


23-25 April 2018 | The Hague, the Netherlands
Search Matters- Training event for patent search professionals

Search Matters is an annual event that not only showcases the EPO’s patent search strategies and techniques, but also offers an unrivalled look behind the scenes at the Office. According to participants – many of whom are repeat attendees – it is more a “must-have” than a “nice-to-have”.

In 2018, Search Matters will be held in The Hague. In a series of workshops, EPO examiners will provide useful information about, for example:

  • search strategies
  • CPC
  • Asian prior art
  • free search tools such as Espacenet
  • complexity of searching in chemical or biotechnological fields.

One of the highlights of the programme, which covers a wide range of technical fields, is the chance for participants to talk to individual examiners “at-the-desk” and question them about how they search in specific technical areas.

  • The programme is rounded off by plenary lectures on the challenges of searching and the internet of things.

Who should attend

Patent search professionals from business, academia and IP firms.



Past Partner Events


28-29 November 2017 | Strasbourg, France
BioFIT 2017

With an exclusive partnership with EBD Group, BioFIT is the leading partnering event in Europe for technology transfer, academia-industry collaborations and early stage innovations in the field of Life Sciences. BioFIT is also the marketplace for seed and Series A investment in Life Sciences.

More than 1,200 international leading actors from 30+ countries meet every year to:

  • Engage new partnerships
  • Source innovative and competitive early stage R&D projects
  • Facilitate the emergence of collaborative projects
  • Increase licensing opportunities

BioFIT gathers big pharma, emerging biotech companies, TTOs, research institutions, academia and seed/Series A investors.

ASTP-Proton members benefit from 25% discount, use the discount code BF17_SUP25

22 November 2017 | Brussels, Belgium
BIOECONFIN 2017 – Financing the Bioeconomy Innovations

Are you working on innovation in bioeconomy? Having trouble finding funding to get your innovation off the ground? Looking for ways to help your innovation enter the market or for support in realising your innovative idea?

PNO Consultants is a key partner in innovation and finance in every phase of the innovation process. In November we gather the top innovators in bioeconomy for a ‘Financing the Bioeconomy Innovations’ event – BIOECONFIN 2017.  The event will cover the topic of innovation development, project financing and funding, bioeconomy networks and trends, and European vision for bioeconomy.

And that is not all! BIOECONFIN also offers a free possibility for a 1-on-1 meeting with one of the bioeconomy experts, whom you can ask for advice on how to advance your project.

The event features:

  • four keynote speakers from leading bioeconomy stakeholders
  • experiences in financing from top BIO projects throughout Europe
  • possibility for networking within the bioeconomy community
  • the possibility for 1-on-1 talks with sector experts on how to help your innovations to advance

8 November 2017 | Berlin, Germany
Falling Walls Venture

Join Falling Walls Venture – the global forum for the next generation of outstanding entrepreneurs in science. Nominated by renowned universities and influential venture capitalists, the most promising science start-ups pitch their innovative business model in front of a high-calibre jury in Berlin. The winner, “Falling Walls Science Start-up of the Year 2017,” will present once more on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference amongst Nobel prize laureates and to an audience of 700 institution leaders, decision makers and international media representatives. A worldwide audience will follow via live-stream. All participating start-ups enjoy the entire Falling Walls programme free of charge.

Get a glimpse of last year’s event and make sure to nominate your start-up until 15 August!

9 November 2017 | Berlin, Germany
Falling Walls Conference

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines present their work in front of 700 international guests. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum becomes the place for high-level Q&A where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions. A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, gives the audience the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and expertise to fellow participants. The Conference is broadcasted online via free live-stream. All presentations are available in the Falling Walls Library.

More than 90 % of the participants said that they would like to return, find out why. See also what the press says, and have a look at the best impressions from the last edition.

13 October 2017 | Venice, Italyprogres
PROGRESS-TT workshop: Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders

Entry level: Mid-level to senior staff and/or a minimum of 5 years experience in TT
Fees: Free*

What will be discussed:


*The PROGRESS-TT project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 643486

27-29 September 2017 | Eindhoven, the Netherlandsprogres
PROGRESS-TT Boot Camp: Intensive Capacity Building Programme for TT Managers

Entry level: Head of TTOs and senior staff with at least 5-7 years of experience in TT
Fees: Free*

What will be discussed:

  • Day 1: Scouting ideas/technologies from the PRO and incentivising researchers to disclose IP
  • Day 2: Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising for commercialisation
  • Day 3: Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders
  • Day 1-3: Securing TTO Staff skills and organising the TTO for optimum growth
  • Day 1-3: Case studies from the best practice library on CAF 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • End of day 1 and 2: Evening networking programme** with speakers and participants


*The PROGRESS-TT project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 643486

28-29 June 2017 | Grenoble, France
MedFIT 2017

A 360° approach to build innovation partnerships, source licensing deals and accelerate market access in medtechOrganised by Eurasanté and the NHL Cluster, with the support of Medicalps and Alsace BioValley, the 1st edition of MedFIT will gather 500 participants with 50% international actors (medtech and diagnostics companies and start-ups, TTOs, academia, R&D services companies and investors) who will have the opportunity to meet potential investors and partners from both academia and industry.

MedFIT combines:

  • Pre-qualified one to one meetings to help you meet up to 30 potential partners over two days
  • Round table discussions and conferences to discuss trending topics in the medical technologies and diagnostics sector
  • Start-up slams to promote less than 5-year old company innovations
  • Exhibition area to enhance your visibility
  • Informal networking event

ASTP-Proton members benefit from a 25% discount, use the discount code MF25_SUPP

23 June 2017 | Cracow, Polandprogres
PROGRESS-TT training: Scouting ideas and technologies and incentivising disclosures

Entry level: Junior staff and/or 1-3 years of experience in TT
Fees: Free*

What will be discussed:

  • Scouting ideas and technologies and incentivising disclosures;
    How can TTOs support the creation of a critical mass of high quality Intellectual Property from the PRO?
    What kind of solutions should be implemented by TTOs to effectively scout new ideas and technologies from the PRO?
    What types of incentive systems are effective to engage research departments and faculties in technology transfer activities?
  • Case studies from the best practice library on CAF 1

*The PROGRESS-TT project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 643486

12-13 June 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden
AESIS Impact of Science 2017
One of the big issues in science policy is how “societal impact” and “scientific quality” relate to each other. Some argue that “societal impact” stimulates the quality of research in itself by increasing its relevance and combining insights from different stakeholders. Others have stated that the best research creates ground-breaking new insights which will inevitably lead to groundbreaking impact in society. Some are convinced that the quality of a research might decline if there is too much pressure to increase impact on society. In order to create effective policies we need to understand these processes and in which situations which effect occurs.In this conference we will share and discuss worldwide instruments which have proven to be effective to stimulate both the quality and the societal impact of science. In order to find mutual grounds for early stage alliances at this conference we will discuss all aspects of this complex ambition.The Impact of Science 2017 conference will evaluate methods and best practices around the world on:

  • Policy strategies for impact;
  • Strategic Alliances with stakeholders;
  • National, international and institutional instruments for achieving impact;
  • Current issues on public engagement, evidence-based policy and harmonising definitions.

ASTP-Proton members benefit from a €75 discount on the registration fee.


22-23 May 2017 | Munich, Germany
BioVaria 2017
BioVaria brings together European research institutions across national borders in order to improve the transfer of their research results into application. Europe’s most established technology transfer organizations join to present their most promising projects from academia to decision makers from international industry. To mark its 10th anniversary, BioVaria 2017 will expand to include additional partners from the technology transfer sector and, for the first time, the event will cover two days.

18-19 May 2017 | Brussels, Belgium
Seminar – Mediation in R&D and Related Commercial Disputes
This Seminar is an intensive two-day training course in the techniques of mediation for parties and mediators.  The Seminar will be based on discussion groups and a simulated mediation case study in the field of intellectual property, R&D, licensing and other technology transfer. Topics will include:

  • Administered Mediation and Arbitration at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • The use of mediation in R&D and commercial disputes – The user’s perspective
  • Developing a strategy for mediation
  • Selection and appointment of the mediator
  • Effective representation at mediation
  • The role of the different actors at the mediation meeting
  • The mediation and its various stages
  • Concluding the mediation