ASTP-Proton is the premier, pan-European association for professionals involved in knowledge transfer between universities and industry. Its annual conference was titled “New Horizons, New Opportunities”. During the conference a booth for PROGRESS-TT was set up in which the role of Fraunhofer MOEZ within the project was explained to the conference participants. It was held on 20-22 May 2015 in Istanbul, hosted by the Turkish University – Industry Cooperation Centres Platform (USIMP). Continue reading ASTP-Proton’s annual conference 2015 in Istanbul
On March, 17th 2015 Liina Tonisson and me joined a one-day conference on the role of patents for the digital single market which was organized by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Center (JRC, European Commission). The topic of the conference is in-line with the current discussions around Europe’s Digital Agenda. For research and innovation, the agenda claims the goal of “scaling-up the ICT innovation ecosystem in Europe. The Commission works to improve innovation in Europe by providing instruments that enhance research, entrepreneurs and companies.” ICT standardisation is emphasized as an important framework condition for innovation in Europe. Obviously, patents are right in the middle of that discussion. The list of the around 150 participants at the conference revealed a broad spectrum of organisations interested in that topic. The European Commission attended with a significant number of participants from different DGs, but the academia, industry and interests groups were well represented.