The Party Is Almost Over, Capacity Building Has Responded to a Huge Unmet Need

The Party Is Almost Over, Capacity Building Has Responded to a Huge Unmet Need

Fourteen Wide-reaching Events Delivered

Since March 2016, PROGRESS-TT has successfully delivered fourteen out of sixteen capacity building events with a 90% satisfaction rate. With the two final events to be held in September and October 2017, PROGRESS-TT events have already been attended by 298 technology transfer professionals working at 124 Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and/or Public Research Organisations (PROs) from 26 countries.

Approximately half of the participants are senior staff and head of TTOs, while only 37% of the participants have more than 6 years of experience in the field. The majority of the attendees (77%) are from the Southern and Eastern European countries, of which top five countries are Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, and Turkey. These statistics demonstrate the need for and value derived from initiatives such as PROGRESS-TT.

% number of attendees per region

It is interesting to learn that there is a high need/demand for capacity building events from TTOs in Southern and Eastern European countries, where most have not previously been able to attend training events due to limited financial resources and often simply do not have the time to travel outside their home country.

Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, PROGRESS-TT events are offered at no cost, which made it possible to cater for these TTOs’ needs in further developing their knowledge and skills.

During PROGRESS-TT events, the leading experts, who all have more than 10 years of experience in the field, would discuss at least three real life examples taken from the PROGRESS-TT best practice library. Participants are then divided into smaller groups and encouraged to share their own experiences in facing the same problems, which resulted into getting to know how other TTOs work and basically sharing solutions to universal problems.

Aside from networking with their peers, the relevance of the materials i.e. the case studies as well as the level of discursive interaction have been consistently rated as most appreciated by the participants throughout all events.

Be sure not to miss the last two events, which are the boot camp on 27-29 September at Philips in the Netherlands and the workshop on 13 October at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy.

 

Who attended PROGRESS-TT events:

 

What they say about PROGRESS-TT events:

“Very well organised & practical event with speakers clearly very experienced & experts in their field – lots of food for thought when I get home.” – Miriam Welsh, Head of intellectual property, Teagasc, Ireland

“Remarkable and well prepared training with a great and useful content for TTO managers.” – Otomar Slama, Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at Charles University, Czech Republic

“A very valuable workshop strongly based on real cases to quickly improve the understanding of topics and get viable solutions.” – Alessandra Orlandi, Humanitas Mirasole, Italy

“I will recommend this course to TTO managers, seasoned TTO professionals, it was definitely worth my time!” – Ebru Tan, Koç University, Turkey

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PROGRESS-TT workshop: Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders

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What will be discussed:

Entry level:         Mid-level to senior staff and/or a minimum of 5 years experience in TT
When:                 Friday, 13 October 2017
Venue:                Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (in Saraceno Meeting Room)
Address:             Campus San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873, Fondamenta San Giobbe, 30121 Venice, Italy (show in map)
Expert:                Tom Hockaday, Owner, Technology Transfer Innovation, UK
Available seats: 15
Fees:                    € 0.00*

*Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, PROGRESS-TT events are offered at no cost. You are to cover your own expenses and your participation will only be confirmed upon receiving your travel arrangements

Voice your opinion

Voice your opinion

We would like to thank all of you who have supported and participated in PROGRESS-TT. Now that the project is coming to an end, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to report back to the European Commission.

By completing this short survey you can ensure that the voice of the user community is further reflected in the final report. Many of you have participated in training under the PROGRESS-TT and many have supported the project in other ways therefore, it is important to hear the impact of our outreach.

Please take 5 minutes to let us know your thoughts.

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PROGRESS-TT Boot Camp: Intensive Capacity Building Programme for TT Managers

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Programme overview:

  • Moderator: Alan Kennedy, Technology Consultant, MITO Technology, Italy
  • Day 1: Scouting ideas/technologies from the PRO and incentivising researchers to disclose IP
    • Anders Haugland, Managing Director, BTO, Norway
    • Navin Natoewal, General Manager Media Interaction, Philips, the Netherlands
  • Day 2: Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising for commercialisation
    • Marta Catarino, Director of Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, TecMinho, Portugal
    • Perry Nouwens, Digital Accelerator Innovation Lead, Philips, the Netherlands
    • Olivier Gillieaux, Technology Transfer Officer, Interface Enterprises – University of Liège, Belgium
  • Day 3: Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders
    • Andrea Basso, CTO, MITO Technology, Italy
    • François Drapeau-Paquin, Senior IP Counsel, Philips, the Netherlands
  • 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

Entry level:         Head of TTOs and senior staff with at least 5-7 years of experience in TT
When:                 27-29 September 2017
Venue:                Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Address:             High Tech Campus 5, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Available seats: 15
Fees:                    Free*

*Your participation will only be confirmed upon receiving your travel arrangements and you are to cover your own expenses.
**Casual drinks and dinner at your own costs.

Read more: past boot camp on 6-9 June 2016: “First Technology Transfer Boot Camp held at DSM near Basel”

Get inspired and learn from your peers

Get inspired and learn from your peers

 

261 attendeesPROGRESS-TT offers four different types of events, catering for European technology transfer professionals at different levels of their professional development, at no costs; the training sessions, for those relatively new in the field; the webinar, for those with a minimum of 3 years of experience; the workshop for those with a minimum of 5 years of experience; and the boot camp for most senior staff and head of TTOs.

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Led by ASTP-Proton, the project has delivered 12 out of 16 events (four training, three webinars, two workshops and three boot camps) with a satisfaction rate of 88% i.e. attendees rating the event(s) as very good to excellent. Register and save the dates to the last four events of PROGRESS-TT, see full list of upcoming events.

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What people say about PROGRESS-TT training events:

“Very well organised and practical event with speakers clearly very experienced and experts in their field – lots of food for thought when I get home” – Miriam Walsh, TEAGASC, Ireland

“Case studies are a good basics for training and discussion but it is more interesting when case studies are integrated and combined with experts’ own experience and knowledge” – N.N.

“It was a profitable opportunity to exchange experiences with other TTOs” – Tiago Botelho, IRB Barcelona, Spain

 

WHO ATTENDED

New comers vs Repeaters     Level of staff      Yrs of experience

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Get professionally certified through PROGRESS-TT learning events

Get professionally certified through PROGRESS-TT learning events

PROGRESS-TT is currently exploring offering to beneficiaries of our Capacity Building learning events to receive certification, at two levels. First, at an individual-level: granting delegates having attended events a professional recognition based on the certification of training materials used in the training of TT professionals. Second, at organization-level: certifying whole Technology Transfer Offices based on the degree of involvement of their members of staff in the various learning events of the PROGRESS-TT project.

The novelty is in this second approach to certification which is ambitious, innovative and very much aligned to PROGRESS-TT’s mission of supporting the skill development of teams rather than single individuals. Indeed, a certification at organization level could be very valuable for TTOs, as it would indicate a strategic approach to learning, with selected members of staff attending learning events that are specifically relevant to their activities.

The rationale behind the work towards the certification of both individuals and teams having learnt with PROGRESS-TT is rooted in the importance of peer recognition for career advancement. For professionals working in technology transfer, obtaining a professional certification can be extremely valuable to signal to employers, colleagues and third parties that a professional has reached relevant and demonstrable core competencies in the field. In a survey to TT professionals employed in European universities developed within the PROGRESS-TT project, the respondents explicitly recognized the importance of certification for their profession. To this end, TT professionals try to attend certified training courses that allow them to reach the certification. In fact, to the question asking to indicate whether the accreditation of courses was perceived as important (on a 1-5 scale, where 1=unimportant and 5=extremely important), 50% of the respondents answered assigning the highest values of 4 or 5 (total average value equal to 3.23), and 23% of them assigned the value 3.

PROGRESS-TT expects the process for certification of past and forthcoming events to take a few more weeks to be finalised. Beneficiaries of PROGRESS-TT events will be contacted in due course to inform you of the outcomes. And if your team has already attended a number of PROGRESS-TT events, then consider attending more to achieve certification when it is available.

If you have any questions reach out to us at info@progresstt.eu.

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