Trinity hosts Knowledge Transfer Impact and Valorisation conference

Posted on: 11 May 2023

The IKTA conference brings together the Knowledge Transfer community from Research Performing Organisations across Ireland with their key stakeholders.

Some of those stakeholders include funding bodies, investors, collaborators and spin-out founders. They are gathering today to discuss the performance and development of the Irish KT system in a global context, and to share best practice. 

The conference features a keynote address from Dr Christophe Haunold, President of ASTP, Europe’s premier association of Knowledge Transfer professionals. Dr Haunold will focus on the European perspective in relation to Knowledge Transfer metrics and performance.  

Imelda Lambkin, Manager of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, will discuss the performance of the Irish KT system, while the conference will also feature panel discussions with representatives from investors, industry collaborators and spinout companies from across the Irish HEI sector.

“We are excited to host this year's IKTA conference at Trinity, which brings together thought leaders and experts from across the knowledge transfer ecosystem,” said Dr Gordon Elliott, Chair of  IKTA and Technology Transfer Case Manager at Trinity. “The conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest trends and best practices in knowledge transfer, as well as to network with their peers and build new collaborations.”

Simon Coveney, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, said: I am delighted that IKTA is hosting its inaugural conference today which will give key stakeholders an opportunity to discuss Knowledge Transfer Impact and Valorisation. Our continued investment in research, innovation and the knowledge transfer system in Ireland is central to ensuring that we can meet the major challenges ahead.  

“Ireland is well known on the European stage as being a leader in this area with our National IP Protocol having been recognised as an example of European best practice. However, we must continue in our efforts to advance knowledge transfer within Ireland, so that our investment in State-funded research can generate commercialisation opportunities, including the continued growth in the number of spinouts from our higher education sector, ensuring that we not only have strong economic growth but that returns are generated to society overall.”

Speaking about the event Imelda Lambkin, Head of Knowledge Transfer Ireland at Enterprise Ireland, added: “Enterprise Ireland, through Knowledge Transfer Ireland, is very pleased to support this inaugural event being held by the Irish Knowledge Transfer Association, which highlights the importance of technology transfer in driving innovation through research and development. Ireland boasts a strong research ecosystem and the network of Technology Transfer Offices around the country – many of whom are members of IKTA – help companies drive innovation from research.  

“With an average of 27 startup companies coming from research each year and with latest figures showing over 2,600 research engagements between industry and higher education institutes, it is important that we continue to support events such as these that share learnings and help strengthen the knowledge transfer community.”    

The conference is supported by Knowledge Transfer Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

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