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Programme schedule

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NAAC Meeting

  13:00 - 17:00
  4th floor, Kosmopol’s Conference Center,

All representatives of European national associations are invited to this meeting. The meeting will be chaired by Michel Morant, Vice President NAAC, ASTP-Proton.

Moderator: Michel Morant, General Manager, Interface Enterprises, University of Lìege, Belgium | Vice President NAAC, Board, ASTP-Proton

TT Primer

  13:00 - 16:00
  Ground floor, Kosmopol’s Conference Center
Trainer: Karen Laigaard, Director, TTO University of Copenhagen, Denmark | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

This workshop will give you an introduction to the various aspects of technology transfer and answer some of the key questions as well as give you a solid understanding of what success looks like for you in your job. Take this opportunity to learn from people who know what technology transfer is all about.

Half-day masterclass

  13:00 - 17:00
  COBIS, Copenhagen Bio Science Park, Ole Maaløes Vej 3, DK-2200 Copenhagen


Trainer: Alastair Banks, Director, Optix Solutions Ltd, United Kingdom

Most of us are know that we could and should be using social media to promote our technologies and find businesses who would like them. The whole ‘business to business’ social media space is in a huge state of flux with new means of getting information on markets and industries – and then targeting and reaching customers.

In this masterclass, we review the latest tools, techniques and platforms, and give you the chance to practice them with some of your own most promising technologies.

Guided City Tour
Guided City Tour

Guided Tour

  16:00 - 18:00
  Meeting Point: Lobby, Hotel Scandic, Copenhagen
Meeting point: Lobby, Hotel Scandic Copenhagen

This special ‘Weird Walk Tour’ takes you on an interesting, mysterious and odd walk where you go behind what tourists normally see or are shown. During the tour, you will visit the oldest house in the city, the most “kinky” statue and hear the weirdest measurement. After this tour, you will know more about the city than even the ‘Copenhageners’ themselves. The tour will end at the welcome reception (Copenhagen City Hall).

Wellcome reception
Wellcome reception

Welcome reception

  18:00 - 20:00
  Copenhagen City Hall, Rådhuspladsen 1, 1599 Copenhagen
Meet and network with your peers at the welcome reception the evening before the conference officially begins.

European forum for knowledge transfer directors

  19:30 - 22:30
  Restaurant Cassiopeia, Gammel Kongevej 10, 1610 Copenhagen
Topic: Re-structuring offices

The most senior knowledge and technology transfer professionals and directors of K/TTOs are invited to network at director’s level during this event. Are you a TTO Director? Engage in challenging discussions at this forum which includes a dinner and starts after the welcome reception.

Moderator:Steven Tan, Deputy Director, Innovation Exchange Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Vice President, Board, ASTP-Proton

Morning meeting for newcomers

  08:00 - 08:45
  Room: 16, Hotel Scandic
Is this your first time at an ASTP-Proton event?
Are you a recent member of ASTP- Proton, or not yet a member but would like to become one?
Join this morning meeting to know more about the association, learn how to make the best of your time at this event, and meet other newbies. We will make sure that you feel at home right away!

Welcome and opening plenary

  09:00 - 10:30
  Room: 8 & 9, Hotel Scandic

Christian Stein, CEO, Ascenion GmbH, Germany | President, Board, ASTP-Proton

Insights of knowledge transfer in the Danish ecosystem and from European Commision Perspective
Søren Frandsen, Chief Advisor, Aarhus University, Chairman, Danish National Network of Technology Transfer (DNNT), Denmark
Patrick McCutcheon, Senior Policy Advisor, European Commission, Belgium

Keynote speaker
Private-Public Partnerships - Food for thought
Henrik Jørgen Andersen, Senior R&D Manager, Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S Denmark

The open innovation (OI) paradigm has emerged as a response to manage the increased amount of boundary-spanning knowledge flows in and out of the innovation process. However, most of the OI focus on business-to-business transactions while open innovation activities in public-private partnerships only is in its infancy with regard to exploit the full potential. Universities are typically seen in the role of suppliers of knowledge without discussing other potential roles and objectives universities may have in OI partnerships, although they may also gain from these relationships as contributions to their educational and research activities. This presentation will focus on challenges/experiences in establishing Private-Public Partnerships in order to cultivate an OI approach more equal to those known from business-to-business transactions together with some more recent initiatives taken to pursue the potential benefits in a closer collaboration with the academic world.

What to expect during the Annual Conference?
Marta Catarino, Director, TecMinho, University of Minho, Portugal | President-elect, Board and Chair, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Coffie Break
Coffie Break

Coffee Break

  10:30 - 11:00
  Western Lounge, Hotel Scandic
Coffee Break, Western Lounge

Managing resources
Technology transfer agreements – a practitioners and lawyers perspective

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 8, Hotel Scandic

Massimiliano Granieri, Vice President, MITO Technology, Italy | Vice President, Board, ASTP-Proton
Jürgen Walkenhorst, Head, Life Sciences, PROvendis, Germany

Various types of agreements are typically being encountered along the path from academia to industry: MTAs, option and licence agreements – often in combination with collaboration agreements. TT agreements are complex algorithms that strive to reconcile technological opportunities with legal constraints, while keeping parties’ interests aligned at all times of their relationship. The session will then shed some light on the practical use of tech transfer agreements, from both the legal and practitioner perspectives.

Which are the most important terms and conditions to get the most from your technology? How can agreements be structured in a balanced way, meeting the interests of both parties? Which are the contents you should pay more attention to so as not to have major headaches in the future?

Moderator: Anita Nel, CEO, Senior Director, InnovUS Technology Transfer, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Maximizing impact
Demonstrating impact – best practices to learn from

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 9, Hotel Scandic

Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Johan Blaus, Project Manager, KTH Business Liaision, Sweden

Demonstrating impact can take many forms, including presenting success stories through impact reports but this is no longer sufficient. As technology transfer managers, we are asked to contribute to impact strategies in research proposals and thus need to think broader - especially if we intend to meet the challenge of demonstrating the impact of scientific fields such as SSHA.

In this session, we will build from the experience of our colleagues in the UK who have been through the impact exercise and assess what the challenges are for those who are just embarking on this journey.

Moderator: Sara Matt-Leubner, Head of Transfercenter, University of Innsbruck,Austria | Immediate Past President, ASTP-Proton and Member,Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Mobilizing with industry
The roles of university researchers in spin-outs

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 10 & 12, Hotel Scandic

Tom Hockaday, CEO, Isis Innovation Ltd (2006-2016), United Kingdom
Kristian Stromgaard, Founder and CSO of Avilex Pharma, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jacqueline Ameri, Assistant Professor, The Danish Stem Cell Center, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

It is often said that university inventors should not become the CEOs of their own spin-outs. However, there is often no other obvious candidate, at least for the first few years of the spin-out’s life. What can be done to (1) widen the pool of CEO material outside the university and (2) prepare our inventors for the role of, at least interim, CEO of their spin-out? In this session, we will share success stories and best practice cases and discuss how to give both the spin-out and the people behind it the best possible start.

Moderator: Karen Laigaard, Director, TTO University of Copenhagen, Denmark | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Lunch break
Lunch break


  12:30 - 13:30
  Western Lounge, Hotel Scandic

Face-to-face meetings

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 2, Hotel Scandic

Schedule private face-to-face meetings to share experiences and/or explore collaboration opportunities with other conference attendees.

Are you available for the face-to-face meetings?

Send the following information to arlyta.wibowo@astp-proton.eu and get your profile online:

  • Your preferred time slot(s)
  • Your picture
  • Your name, position, organisation and country
  • 5 topics you are ready to share
  • 5 topics you are looking for

See list of face-to-face meetings here.

Information corner

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 10 & 12, Hotel Scandic
Each 15-minute slot of the information corner consist of an interactive presentation using PowerPoint followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Attend the following company presentations, to get information on products/services that they are providing for your K/TTO, and learn more on opportunities offered by EU projects that ASTP-Proton is currently involved in.

Initiative sharing

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 14, Hotel Scandic
The initiative sharing is an interactive discussion held in an informal setting without PowerPoint presentations. Each slot of 15 minutes consists of 5 minutes to present the initiative and 10 minutes to discuss it with the audience.

Coffie break
Coffie break

Coffee break

  15:00 - 15:30
  Western Lounge, Hotel Scandic
Coffee break

Managing resources
Beyond indicators – Peer review and benchmarking in technology transfer

  15:30 - 17:30
  Room: 8, Hotel Scandic
Ashley Stevens, President, Focus IP Group, USA
Sara Matt-Leubner, Head of Transfercenter, University of Innsburck, Austria | Immediate Past President, ASTP-Proton and Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

This session is designed to assess the benefits of an external view of your TTO. Two common approaches will be discussed:
(1) peer review which is the evaluation tool in science, and
(2) benchmarking.
What are useful and accepted benchmarks to monitor our performance? How can benchmarking support our strategic planning and the management of resources? The tool of peer review is explored and presented by the “Critical friends” initiative of ASTP-Proton. How would a technology transfer expert look at a TTO and what are the critical issues of such a peer review?

Moderator: Ruth Herzog, Head TTO, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Maximizing impact
3, 2, 1 and lift off – Venture funding 101

  15:30 - 17:00
  Room: 9, Hotel Scandic
Louis Berneman, Founding Partner, Osage University Partners, USA
Søren Møller, Managing Investment Director, Novo Seeds, Denmark

Start-ups via TTOs are on the rise. Are they fuelled to succeed or doomed at takeoff? In this session, we will discuss the nature and role of venture funding and how TTOs can attract such funds to leverage entrepreneurial ventures.Experienced speakers will share their input on how to get started and how to make the cooperation survive through the different phases of the relationship.

Moderator: Thomas Schmidt, Manager, TTO, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Mobilizing with industry
Interdisciplinary collaboration between university and industry

  15:30 - 17:00
  Room: 10 & 12, Hotel Scandic

Christoph Köller, Managing Partner, Görgen & Köller GmbH, Germany

This session will be in workshop format, addressing the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary projects between technical and non-technical disciplines. When designing an innovation project between university and industry, we, knowledge transfer professionals, often focus on the technology side, specifically from a certain area of competence in our university.

However, the company’s objectives and expectations are in most cases best served with an interdisciplinary approach, not only bringing together different technology fields but also essential contributions from the social sciences and humanities.

Participants in this workshop will be encouraged to share different cases and lessons learnt, highlighting the challenges and opportunities and discussing how to improve such collaboration.

Conference dinner
Conference dinner

Conference dinner

  19:00 - 22:30
  Langelinie Pavillonen, Langelinie 10, 2100 Copenhagen
We will gather at the lobby of the Hotel Scandic Copenhagen. At 18.30, a bus will take us to the conference dinner. If you are arranging your own transport or are not joining the dinner, please inform us beforehand. The dress code for the dinner is casual.

ASTP-Proton morning run

  Meeting Point: Lobby, Hotel Scandic Copenhagen
Would you like to join? Please assemble at 07.00 at the lobby of the Hotel Scandic Copenhagen. The morning run will cover a distance of approximately 4.5 kilometres. We will be back at the Hotel Scandic Copenhagen around 7.30.

Plenary session

  09:00 - 10:30
  Room: 8 & 9, Hotel Scandic

Making a difference through knowledge transfer:
Insights from the association, and from public and private perspectives

Keynote speaker: Anna Haldrup, Director of Research & Innovation, Carlsberg, Denmark

In the first part of this plenary session, the board and volunteers of ASTP-Proton will present an overview of the latest developments in the association, including new services and initiatives, the updated results of our Annual Survey, and other opportunities for our members in training, capacity building, networking and increased visibility and representation.

How can we further develop as knowledge transfer professionals? In what way can we be more involved in making a difference? Following this open discussion, our keynote speaker will illustrate how a knowledge transfer professional can implement change and make an impact both from the university and the private sector sides.

The keynote speaker has a blend of unique experiences. She has been Associate Professor, Head of Department and later Director of Research & Innovation within the University of Copenhagen. Today she is Director of Research Support with Carlsberg.

During her career, Anna Haldrup has been involved in major initiatives with a view of changing cultures, to provide better research services and to increase innovation and public-private collaboration. She will give us insight into the mind-set of the researchers and what motivates them, the university management and how to implement change within a complex organisation such as a university. She will also offer us insight into the private sector view on universities and what it takes to ensure a smooth collaboration.

In other words: probably the best start for a Friday morning!

Moderator: Marta Catarino, Director, TecMinho, University of Minho, Portugal | President, Board, ASTP-Proton

Coffee break
Coffee break

Coffee break

  10:30 - 11:00
  Western Lounge, Hotel Scandic
Coffee break

Managing resources
Clinical trials – Are you sure?

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 8, Hotel Scandic

Bjørn Tore Gjertsen, Professor, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway
Siri Kolle, Vice President Clinical, Inven2, Norway

Clinical trials are the backbone of all drug development. It is important, but also expensive and associated with many challenges and high risks. Both Public Research Organisations (PROs), their TTOs and the industry are familiar with this.

The future of smaller cohorts related to the anticipated drive towards personalized medicine introduces even further challenges. In this session, we will discuss how this work can be organized and what the implications of the new needs are.

Moderator: Anette Poulsen Miltoft, Head of Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer, Aarhus University, Denmark

Maximizing impact
When design thinking meets business challenges

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 9, Hotel Scandic

Chris Thompson, Founding Partner, Viadynamics, Member, Board, Design Council, United Kingdom
Bettina Maisch, Portfolio Manager Industrial Design Thinking, Siemens, Germany

There is an emergence of customer-centric approaches to innovation, where feedback is sought from customers/clients/users at an early stage of product development.

This maximizes the expected impact of innovation, but which creative tools are most useful to embed customer feedback in new business models and effective knowledge transfer?

Success stories will be shared by practitioners, showcasing how different fields of knowledge can contribute to gain deeper customer understanding.

Moderator: Julie Sommerlund, Associate Dean for External Relations, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mobilizing with industry
Challenges and chances in working with SMEs

  11:00 - 12:30
  Room: 10 & 12, Hotel Scandic

Anton Habjanic, Director, TechnoCenter, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Niels Maarbjerg Olesen, Innovation Director, Aalborg University, Denmark

Most of us work in TTOs located in an environment where more than 90% of local industry consists of SMEs. Working with micro, small and medium-sized companies can be challenging, but we can not and do not want to avoid it.

So how can we make the best of it? In this session, we will invite two experts from two different countries to show us best practices in how to reach out to SMEs, how to establish sustainable networks, how to efficiently manage the collaboration, how to deal with IPR issues , etc. Let us mobilize with industry and innovate successfully!

Moderator: Jakob Fritz Hansen, Director, Innovation and Sector Services, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Lunch break
Lunch break


  12:30 - 13:30
  Western lounge
Lunch break

Managing resources
Alternative Dispute Resolution

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 8, Hotel Scandic

Tina Marschall, Attorney & Mediator, MediGate GmbH, Germany
Michael Gross, Head of License, Fraunhofer Society, Germany

When we draft contracts we don’t think about conflicts or even litigation. In addition, most public research organizations (PROs) are averse to litigation because of costs,risks and potential damage of relationships. But there may be a solution outside the courts: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

According to a recent study of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are several benefits of ADR, such as confidentiality, less time and less cost compared to court litigation. This session will highlight the idea of ADR, the tools used in ADR towards conflict resolution and the clauses to be implemented in a contract to pave the way for ADR.

Moderator: Heather Thompson, Head of Business Development, University of Chester, UK | Vice President, Board and Chair, Professional Development Committee, ASTP-Proton

Maximizing impact
Tackling the challenges we face in commercialization of software and databases

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 9, Hotel Scandic

Triin Siil, Legal Counsel, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
Gavin Smith, Director, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

TTOs increasingly receive disclosures of software but how do we deal with these? Commercialization of software in any form is a historically challenging activity for the higher education sector. The predominantly patent-driven approach to university technology transfer may leave research-based software innovations on the shelf. Do we treat them in the same way as inventions? What are the important questions to ask our researchers? How can the potential of software or databases be evaluated? What are the different ways of protecting these and how do we deal with the limitations of open source and creative commons? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this session.

Moderator: Amanda Zeffman, Head, Consultancy Services, Cambridge Enterprise Limited, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Mobilizing with industry
Open Innovation – What’s all the fuss about?

  13:30 - 15:00
  Room: 10 & 12, Hotel Scandic

Ulf Petrusson, Director, Institute for Innovation and Social Change & Center for Intellectual Property, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Iain Thomas Head Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise, United Kingdom

There has recently been a rise in open innovation (OI) culture to increase the opportunities for generating cutting edge technologies and innovations to benefit society and the economy. Such examples include industry-funded PhDs, open data initiatives, competitions and multi-party consortia that share pre-competitive information and expertise.

This session presents an example of OI in the biomedical sector (where traditionally open innovation is underused) -- the Stevenage Biocatalyst Centre (SBC) -- the UK’s first biomedical open innovation campus. Using the example of the SBC, we will look at why OI is such an invaluable approach, how it can help to accelerate creation of new innovative solutions and how this is being achieved.

Moderator: Pascale Redig, Sr Category Manager, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium | Member, Professional Development Committee, ASTP-Proton

Coffie Break
Coffie Break

Coffee break

  15:00 - 15:15
  Western lounge, Hotel Scandic
Coffee break

Final Plenary and Closing Session

  15:15 - 16:15
  Room: 8 & 9, Hotel Scandic

How to survive your first 25 years in technology transfer?

Tom Hockaday, Chief Executive Officer, Isis Innovation Ltd (2006 - 2016), United Kingdom

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Tom Hockaday started working on university-business collaborations, first at UCL, then Bristol University, and since 2000 at Oxford University, Isis Innovation Ltd, which he just recently left. Tom will share his experience with us, asking us to ponder: what were we doing in 1989?

It is a long time ago. The landscape of university-business interactions has changed enormously, technology transfer has grown, has almost grown-up, and matured, like a fine Danish cheese. Yet the fundamental challenges remain: universities and research institutions are teaching, with an open and sharing nature, and businesses are not. We choose to work for universities on these enormously rewarding challenges, operating in the twilight zone between university research and business, industry and finance. Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose as we say in England.

Moderator: Marta Catarino, Director, TecMinho, University of Minho, Portugal | President-elect, Board and Chair, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

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    25-27 May, 2016

    Copenhagen, Denmark