I would like to use the occasion and respond to Günther’s remark on the phenomenon that everyone talks about technology transfer (“TT”), but still it is hard to find results.
Günther writes that actually TT is “NOT an issue – at least if one googles the term and looks at the results (…) surely there’s a lot of institutions promoting it, and the EC funds projects …”.
Being familiar with the EU policy and the focus of FP7 and other funding programmes, one could argue that public institutions really do promote technology transfer. I am sure technology transfer is indeed an issue. I guess the people actually DOING technology transfer only have a different understanding about it, they have different perspectives than the people TALKING about TT. Last, but not least, they do not publish their projects using terms of technology transfer etc.
So as Günther says it is probably just a matter of (non) marketing: “Universities are still very reluctant to publish about themselves, success stories are rare, and companies do not consider such news worth while publishing”. Anyway, marketing is not the only problem, there are of course always reasons and possibilities to improve things. Continue reading ‘Technology Transfer and FP7′
As mentioned by Petr Chladek in his post one of the regional innovation strategy projects in South Moravia is the Innovation vouchers (in Czech only) scheme supporting the research cooperation between SMEs and Brno universities. It has been started in August and the applications can be submitted until September, 25. Any Czech SME can get one of 36 vouchers valued up to 150k CZK (€ 6,000) for buying research services from Brno based universities.
Product, process or service development, testing and measurements, feasibility study, access to research facilities, prototyping, product design, innovative product business plan development, market analysis or marketing strategy, innovation or technology audit are the examples of proposals that can be supported by the vouchers if you find a university partner to realize them for you.
Continue reading ‘South Moravia is introducing innovation vouchers’
This post is maybe somewhat outside the range of issues dealt with here, but when it comes to the present economic situation, ICT and technology transfer are somehow involved as well.
Two headlines struck me this morning on a press newsletter, placed one above the other:
“Gierig”: Goldman Sachs-Chef will Reform der Managergehälter
Goldman Sachs-Chef Lloyd Blankfein nennt die Finanzbranche “selbstsüchtig” und fordert eine Reform der Managerbezahlung. Noch 2007 kassierte er eine Rekordprämie von 67,9 Millionen Dollar…
(„Goldman Sachs boss wants executive salaries regulated. In 2007 he cashed himself a bonus of $ 68 million…”)
Feuerfest-Konzern RHI streicht weltweit 1000 Jobs
Drei Viertel der betroffenen Jobs gehen in der Produktion verloren. Damit sollen jährliche Kosten von rund 80 Millionen Euro eingespart werden. Grund ist die “schwierige konjunkturelle Lage”…
(“Austrian RHI cancels 1,000 jobs worldwide to save € 80 million…”)
Now I know it is too trivial to compare such figures, but I keep asking myself the following question: How many jobs could be saved if such companies just fired one person (who cashes such bonuses) instead of sacking 1000 people?
Continue reading ‘A bonus is how many jobs?’
During the last weeks I read a few articles and opinions about Technology Transfer and R&D (one here at nowEurope by Günther Krumpak). It seems that researchers are often blamed for their “ivory tower” mentality and in consequence for a lack of willingness to cooperate with industry. Whereas this might by the case for many researchers I would like to highlight another reason for the gap between universities and SMEs:
The phenomenon of the ivory tower mentality is the consequence of an old fashioned institutional setting, which has been changed only superficially within the last universities reforms (like e.g. “the Bologna process”)
Continue reading ‘TT and R&D: The “Ivory Tower” is an institutional problem’
There’s no question that the US is in trouble. 50% of the US mortgage banks do not run under Federal control – no further comment on this.
The car industry is one of the industries that obviously has been hit hardest after the banks. Europe and the rest of the world can feel it and the situation will worsen. With the car industry a range of drive by wire suppliers and other related businesses will suffer.
The ICT industry in general will suffer, this time, unlike after the millennium, it is those companies that so far have been immune to new economy stuff. Austria’s ICT industry has quite a share in industrial ICT on an international level.
But, and that’s my point, if we all scream crisis, we will of course have one.
Continue reading ‘A Crisis is a Crisis is a Crisis – or is it?’
The phenomenon of technology transfer has become increasingly important for the economic and social development in the European regions. The critical issue is connecting those who produce knowledge and those who might be in the need of it. What is required is to build a meeting place between enterprises and universities, as well as other public R&D centers.
When it comes to catalyzing innovation within the sphere of SME (small and medium enterprises), the aspect of regionality appears to be the most essential. These small companies cannot afford to launch their own exclusive research, but on the other hand they can launch a productive and fruitful cooperation with local universities and R&D centers.
Based on the experiences from the ten-years existence of the knowledge transfer center in the Graz region of Austria, we can divide the companies into three segments based on their aptitude to join and profit from the regional knowledge centers.
Continue reading ‘Technology transfer: which companies are most suitable?’
Central Europe is full of long-haired academics who love to tinker in their university laboratories and workshops. Most of these guys wouldn’t know a business opportunity if it hit them on the head. Technology transfer is a public sector buzzword for funding projects to extract those ideas from the laboratory and develop real world businesses. The catch is that we don’t see too many examples yet.
The last dozen nowEurope posts have contributed to my understanding of Central Europe’s innovation dilemma, but I am not yet persuaded that technology transfer is not just wishful thinking. I found it useful to summarize where we stand in order to highlight what we still need to know.
Continue reading ‘CEE innovation: what we know so far’
We are still in the early phase of our publishing effort here at nowEurope connected with the Centrope ICT transfer project and keep identifying the main issues and common interests in our region of the Central Europe.
Technology transfer is a term widely used but it is often understood in quite different ways. Some people even take it just as another buzzword and so let’s take a closer look what it represents for us. For you. What are the topics or concrete questions interesting you and us the most?
Continue reading ‘What technology transfer questions interest you most?’
This post is somehow a free analysis of my observations, and you, dear readers and bloggers, can verify together with me if my observations and conclusions apply.
Recently I commented IBM CEE’s move from Vienna to Prague. I said that this move has no reasonable background, as the Czech Republic is no low-cost low-wage country anymore and if IBM wants growth, why not go to Russia right away.
At the same time it was announced that Siemens rail vehicles is closing down in Prague. No tit-for-tat feelings. Everybody who has his/her eyes open can see that classical production moves east.
Yesterday I attended an event where one of Austria’s top ICT researchers, Bruno Buchberger (one of the top three worldwide in Symbolic Computation) presented his new master studies program mainly targeted to foreigners as in Austria they do not have enough top qualified computer science students.
Continue reading ‘Are we trapped in a vicious loop?’
One of the foremost tasks of the CITT project is to assess the ICT related research and technology landscape of the Centrope region. In order to achieve this aim we would like to get comprehensive information about the activities of the companies, universities and research institutions involved in R&D in the area of ICT.
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