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1 Oct

Nominate your favorite inventor before 10 October 2014

Who's your favourite inventor?  Every year, the world's brightest inventors are given the spotlight through the European Inventor Award ceremony. Launched by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2006, this initiative invites you to nominate your favourite inventor. There are five categories in which your favourite inventor may fit: Industry, SMEs, Research, Lifetime achievement and Non-European countries. This year's awarding ceremony was held in Berlin, Germany. Watch the video below for a glimpse of the preparations: Do you know an inventor who deserves to bring home this trophy? Seize this opportunity and nominate him/her by 10 October 2014. Read more about the European Inventor Award | See 2014 winners | Nominate an inventor for 2015...
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11 Sep

Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year 2014

Science based start-ups present their breakthrough business to investors and opinion leaders to become “Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year 2014” on 8 November. Twenty leading academic institutions and venture capitalists present their most outstanding science-based enterprises to an audience and a distinguished jury. Among the institutions that will nominate a start-up are Princeton University, University of Melbourne, Boston University, McMaster University, Trinity College Dublin, New York University, VU University Amsterdam, University of Vienna, Weizmann Institute of Science and the Freie Universität Berlin. ASTP-Proton members gain free access to the venture on 8 November upon the use of the code FW14ASTP-Proton. Falling Walls website | Register here | Download the e-Flyer  ...
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14 Aug

Annual Survey on Knowledge Transfer Activities

ASTP-Proton has launched the annual survey  on 7 August 2014 in a continued effort to monitor the situation of knowledge transfer in Europe. The questionnaire is based on the metrics elaborated by an expert group set up by the European Commission, DG Research, in 2011. We are creating a database that will help all the institutions involved in knowledge transfer in Europe, as well as policy makers, to have a reliable and complete picture of the European knowledge and technology transfer landscape. This data will support benchmarking and comparative exercises and internal awareness campaigns. Since ASTP and ProTon Europe merged at the end of the fiscal year (FY) 2013, this year's survey will concern both data of FY 2013 and FY...
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29 Jul

The European Inventor Award 2015 is now open for entries

Leiden, 29 July 2014 The European Inventor Award, launched by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2006, invites you to nominate your favourite inventor for 2015. The five categories are Industry, SMEs, Research, Lifetime achievement and Non-European countries. This event gathers world’s brightest innovators, as well as leading figures from business, politics, media and the sciences. Seize this opportunity and nominate them by 10 October 2014. Read more about the European Inventor Award | See 2014 winners | Nominate an inventor for 2015...
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17 Jul

FREE webcast: sharing and learning KU Leuven’s vision

Are you managing a TTO and would you like to learn from and share the vision of KU Leuven? Why sharing and learning KU Leuven’s vision? Knowledge Transfer Offices sometimes live in a bubble. This is a mistake - the long term success and stability of any KT Office depends on a 'symbiotic' relationship between the Office and its university and the continued contribution  of KT to the academic mission. Ignore or misunderstand this and - after a period of increasing tension - KT management can expect to be replaced and their Office restructured. Key to all of this is the relationship between the KT Director and the academic (e.g.vice Principal) who oversees enterprise and innovation for the university. Given that KT...
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15 Jul

Programme of the Fall Meeting is now available

Leiden, 15 July 2014 ‘Working together, sharing experiences‘ is the title of this year’s Fall Meeting dedicated to you as ‘to members by members‘. This year we have 4 parallel tracks. Track 1 consists of presentations given by ‘the’ expert and the other 3 tracks are workshops with an informal setting to enhance interaction. Be involved in this process of inquiry, discovery, investigation, and interpretation with your peers. At the end of the Fall Meeting, you have shared, learned and discussed possible solutions applicable to your daily practice. “None of us is as smart as all of us” – Kenneth H. Blanchard Share and learn at the Fall Meeting! See you in Prague.    ...
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3 Jul

Nominate your start-up and win the ‘Science Start-Up of the Year’

Leiden, 3 July 2014 ASTP-Proton is constantly looking for new challenges and interesting collaborations with sister organisations so our members can widen their perspectives and be challenged by new opportunities. We have now entered into a collaboration with the Falling Walls Foundation, organiser of the Falling Walls Conference, an international conference on future breakthroughs in science and society on 8-9 November 2014 in Berlin. The Falling Walls Venture, one of the expanded programme of the conference, is an international forum for outstanding science based start-up companies, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic and business environment. During the Falling Walls Venture on 8 November, the selected 20 international academic institutions and venture capitalists and their 20 start-up nominees present...
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28 May

The Oslo conference: From knowledge transfer to creating impact

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. Kevin Cullen is Chairman of the Board of the Association of Technology Transfer Professionals. Jane Muir is the President of the Association of University Technology Managers.         “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...
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