2 - Knowledge transfer between Universities and Business

2.2 - Sharing knowledge

Introduction

In order to be transformed into innovation and to generate wealth the results of R&D in Universities, educational training and technical or scientific Innovation require the backing of private enterprise. Therefore, apart from supporting basic and applied training and research, additional measures are needed to dynamise transfer processes by using activities which promote projects such as Open Innovation programmes, which encourage learning and strengthen relationships. The objectives of this recommendation therefore include: the dynamisation of knowledge transfer processes through events and physical or virtual reports which support learning and the exchange of knowledge; the promotion of Open Innovation programmes; and the establishing of links so that the results of research carried out in Companies and Universities can be transferred to society as a whole.

Examples

Ideas to create a better world (52 ways to create a better world), Uppsala, Sweden

The University of Uppsala holds a weekly seminar in which its researchers explain their latest work, by describing how their investigations are progressing as well as discussing other areas of interest and knowledge. Apart from being motivational in itself, this activity means that they have to interact with Business and Society in general. The most relevant information – description of the project, contact, curriculum, etc. – is stored on the university website and is publicly available.

Strategic Research Platforms: AMA and CD2E

The REUNE PROJECT has identified two interesting examples of such platforms: Uppsala (Sweden) and Nord-Pas de Calais (France). The first, called the Angstrom Materials Academy (AMA) and run by the University of Uppsala, was founded by the Government’s Innovation Agency and is currently managed by UUInnovation (University of Uppsala Innovation). Its members include university researchers and representatives of industry and its key aim is to provide links between science projects taking place at the Angstrom Laboratory and the Company itself. AMA organises the annual AIMDay Materials event, when they invite companies to visit the laboratory in order to observe the research activities and debate the findings.

Entre sus miembros figuran investigadores universitarios y representantes de la Industria. Su misión es proporcionar vínculos entre proyectos relacionados con la ciencia de los materiales en el Laboratorio Angstrom y la Empresa. AMA organiza el Material Day AIM Day, donde las empresas son invitadas anualmente a visitar el laboratorio, realizar consultas y debatir propuestas.

The other, the CD2E organisation in Nord-Pas de Calais (France), focuses on stimulating Innovation through the creation of businesses, projects, products and services associated with the Environment. One of its main activities is to encourage links between the productive sector and university laboratories. The organisation is well aware that the only way to begin to exchange and transfer knowledge is through a process of exchange visits between the laboratory and business so that the different agents can fully appreciate the social potential of collaborative activities.

Implementation process

Agents required for implementation

Can be implemented by a single Company or a group of Companies with similar or complementary interests or lines of business. Similarly, this recommendation can also be promoted by Companies within Universities themselves, with the aim of setting up these types of services in a more systematic manner.

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Sources

  1. http://www.cd2e.com/welcome- Nord-Pas de Calais, France.
  2. http://www.uuinnovation.uu.se/?languageId=1- University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  3. http://www-conference.slu.se/aimdaymaterials2011/- University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  4. http://web.mit.edu/deshpandecenter/iteams/- Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EEUU.