During the last week of April the 2014 University-Industry interaction conference in Barcelona, Spain concluded with interesting contributions from over 300 participants. On my third consecutive year, I had the pleasure to be part of this international conference, which served as a meeting and discussion forum for practitioners and researchers on university-industry innovation and entrepreneurial universities, where both theory and practice were equally emphasized. There, I had the opportunity to engage in rich dialogues with researchers, lecturers, technology transfer professionals, industry representatives, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
The science museum of Barcelona (CosmoCaixa) was the perfect venue for three days full of discussions, workshops, presentations, networking and idea sharing. The conference was hosted by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), which was established in 2012 with the aim to provide a functional and inspiring resource and networking platform fostering the exchange of knowledge and information among those working in technology transfer, intellectual property and university-industry relationships.
At the event, I had the opportunity to present my research on ‘Strategic Management of Entrepreneurial Universities’, receiving valuable feedback and constructive suggestions from expert researches and practitioners in the field. During the conference many relevant studies and best practice cases were presented. Moreover, the conference allowed me to benefit from various formats such as keynote speakers, parallel tracks, workshops, round table discussion and a poster session. There was plenty of networking opportunities thanks to the variety of social events, such as a city tour, welcome reception, a tour of the Barcelona Science Park and a conference dinner.
A noteworthy and quite enriching highlight of the event was a pre-conference workshop on University-Business cooperation, which was moderated by Todd Davey and Victoria Galan Muros from the UIIN. Based on the results of the largest study on University-Business Cooperation. The project resulted in two European reports (final study report and case study report) as well as 14 national reports (see www.ub-cooperation.eu for more information), the workshop provided us with tools that helped us gain a better understanding of how UBC can be fostered, promoted and strengthened.
You can find more information about the conference on their web site, where you will find more information on the topics presented, keynote speeches, sponsoring organizations as well as relevant links.
Hope to see you there at next year’s conference. Keep up to date by visiting this link: http://www.university-industry.com