One of the most interesting but also difficult tasks is to manage efficiently the expectations of our various stakeholders. To provide a better insight in how to best deal with the researchers, the heads of the institution, the local government and the industry we set up a specific track linked to these issues.
A dedicated track also covered upcoming challenges such as commercialization in Arts and Humanities or the valuation of early stage technologies, among others. Instead of providing the unique solution (which does not exist), we aimed at providing the necessary examples and specific cases to efficiently address those challenges in your day to day practice.
For those that were new to the field, or wanting the fresh up their knowledge, we provided an introductory track which focused on spinning out new start-ups, an important topic for all of us. Experts from across Europe enlightened us on the essences of spin-off creation. Going through the different steps of spin-offs creation, we benefitted from an insider’s views and advice on the details of the process.
Our two keynote speakers, Sara Pearson, the driving force behind Cadbury open innovation philosophy, together with Prof. Koenraad Debackere, vice chancellor of the K.U. Leuven University, previous director of its technology transfer office and leading expert in the academic fields related to knowledge and technology Transfer enlightened us through inspiring talks.
The final plenary of the conference was addressed to one of our now recurrent for/against debates. Is certification a good thing? Do we have to get certified? Will this add value to us as KTT professionals? Through a draw based gameplay, three leading KTT professionals started a lively discussion where the public had the last word with a vote.
Preceding the conference we offered an optional social program with a boat trip and a guided tour. A welcome cocktail was organized to have a first acquaintance with each other on Wednesday evening. The traditional ASTP conference dinner was held in the impressive castle of the counts, Gravensteen, on Thursday evening.
Ghent is one of the famous historical landmarks of Belgium, one of the first established industrial hub in Europe and birthplace of Charles Quint.