Even big names in the field such as Jane Muir of the Association of the University Technology Managers (AUTM) and Kevin Cullen of the Association of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) did not miss this very important event.
“It’s always interesting (to be in such an event) because while our ecosystems are in many ways very different, many of these challenges that we all face are very much the same. Hearing innovative ways of how other people are approaching similar challenges is always enlightening,” said Muir during an interview with ASTP-Proton during the event.
Innovation and creation were two words extensively used during the conference. Coupled with cooperation.
“This is the place where new ideas are developed and people come up with new ideas and meet new people and start to develop and start to do things together that turn out into projects for the next five years,” Kevin Cullen, Chairman of the Board of the ATTP, said. He highly recommended the conference to both beginning and experienced KT professionals.
The conference was jam-packed with learning and networking possibilities from day one. Jeff Skinner and Raja Sengupta led masterclasses on Valuation of early stage spin-outs and Post-licensing management respectively. Beginning KT professionals also had the chance to learn more about the field in the TT Primer session with Karen Laigaard. National networks gathered together for the first time during the inaugural meeting of the National Association Advisory Committee to draft the path for the future of national associations in KT.
Day 2 began with ASTP-Proton President Sara Matt-Leubner’s welcome address coupled with talks from Ole Kristian Hjelstuen, CEO of Inven2 and Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of Innovation of the Research Council of Norway (RCN). Inven2 and RCN are both hosting partners of the conference. The innovative Knowledge Stock Exchange was also held on the first day with a special track on Easy Access IP.
KT professionals woke up very early on the third day for the ASTP-Proton run. Then came the plenary session on the UK Impact Agenda with Steven Hill and Luke Georghiou. The day ended with a session on Socially responsible licensing with Jane Muir and Dzintars Gotham.
Participants valued the balance between the content of the programme and enough time to network with old and new colleagues in the field. Matt-Leubner emphasized the conference’s role in driving knowledge transfer forward to creating impact.
“This year, it was very interesting to see that we are moving from pure technology transfer to knowledge transfer to creating impact. As Luke Georghiou from the University of Manchester expressed it, going into creating impact is a co-production of science and technology transfer, only together can we really make an impact and that’s our goal,” said Matt-Leubner before the end of the conference.#