24 Nov 2016

WP9 Workshop meeting: Knowledge and Technology Transfer in ELI-ERIC

The Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) is part of the ELI-ERIC business model, and the WP9 in ELITRANS aims to reach a common understanding of the goals of KTT, which is very important for the future ELI distributed infrastructure. The WP9 workshop was organized at ELI-NP in Magurele, Romania, on November 24-25, 2016. The aims of the workshop were to find a common position and understanding of deliverables in the WP9, draft a structure of each deliverable, identify the scope of work to be done and identify specific tasks of KTT activities in international distributed research infrastructures. The participants came from the three ELI pillars and ELI DC, from STFC, and from Elettra Trieste.

There was a presentation about the current status of development of the Intellectual Property (IP) policy for ELI-ERIC. This was discussed with the participants. It has been proposed that the policy would also cover scientific articles and other forms of IP. It would be very much needed to have one single set of rules regarding IP, especially if we think about joint inventions, and this is possible under the ERIC regulations.

Expansion of business involvement
A company most likely needs research it understands and which relates to its core business (exceptions are also possible, think of large companies that afford to pursue exploratory research in other fields than core business, or companies that may involve in collaborative research if this is free of charge for them). Some participants of the workshop advocated the active search for companies and for triggering their interest: finding out what companies need and propose solutions for their problems. This means involving researchers, finding out what application areas the facility can cover, and providing incentives for the research staff: they know best their science and many times they have good external connections which enables them to find the best suited partner candidates from the industry. Researchers who know how to deal with these problems are not abundantly available, therefore more researchers should be trained in these skills.

Companies actually need more information and – more important – guidance in understanding the new experimental capabilities and how could these capabilities help their business.

It has been noticed that actually a large KTT process is just taking place right now, as the big equipment at the ELI facilities is built and installed. We should be able to account for that and make most use of it.

In order to approach companies, showcases for industry should be developed.

A visit of the ELI-NP facility's new buildings has been organized.

The session on Friday was attended by members of the ELI pillars, and it has been intended to be an aftermath of the discussions on Thursday and an occasion to decide over the next activities to be undertaken by the working group.

ELITRANS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No